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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 11:16 AM
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House votes to end country limits for skilled workers seeking green cards
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Source: AP

The House voted Tuesday to end per-country caps on worker-based immigration visas, a move that should benefit skilled Indian and Chinese residents seeking to stay in the United States and the high-tech companies who hire them.

The legislation, which passed 389-15, was a rare example of bipartisan accord on immigration, an issue that largely has been avoided during the current session of Congress because of the political sensitivities involved.

The measure would eliminate the current law that says employment-based visas to any one country cant exceed 7 percent of the total number of such visas given out. Instead, permanent residence visas or green cards would be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The bill, said its sponsor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, does encourage high-skilled immigrants who were educated in the U.S. to stay and help build our economy rather than using the skills they learned here to aid our competitor nations.

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Well, Congress seems committed to giving jobs away to legal immigrants! Visa quotas should be tied to the unemployment rate.

Roll Call 860: most of the NAY votes were Republicans, including Dan Burton (IN), Duncan Hunter (San Diego County, CA), Steve King (IA), and Thaddeus McCotter (MI, a presidential candidate). The two Democrats who voted nay were Mike McIntyre (NC-7) and Larry Kissell (NC-8). Ron Paul didn't vote on this.
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