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House votes to end country limits for skilled workers seeking green cards
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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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  -House votes to end country limits for skilled workers seeking green cards alp227  Nov-30-11 11:16 AM   #0 
  - "a move that should benefit skilled Indian and Chinese residents"  OhioChick   Nov-30-11 11:32 AM   #1 
  - It equalizes them  treestar   Nov-30-11 11:48 AM   #4 
  - So it's always better to discriminate against the citizens?  ChromeFoundry   Nov-30-11 12:04 PM   #7 
  - Putting you on ignore for that blinding, animated icon.  aquart   Nov-30-11 12:41 PM   #10 
  - That is certainly your right.  ChromeFoundry   Nov-30-11 12:45 PM   #11 
  - You can turn avatars and sigs off in your DU prefs.  Psephos   Nov-30-11 11:09 PM   #21 
  - This has nothing to do with it  treestar   Nov-30-11 04:42 PM   #17 
     - That's funny! I never even brought up race.  ChromeFoundry   Nov-30-11 10:57 PM   #20 
  - What does it matter? The immigrants from China and India  Fool Count   Nov-30-11 06:00 PM   #19 
  - But we don't have enough skilled workers!  ihavenobias   Nov-30-11 02:06 PM   #13 
  - My headache  femrap   Nov-30-11 03:34 PM   #15 
  - "high-skilled" can mean a lot of different things...  ChromeFoundry   Nov-30-11 11:40 AM   #2 
  - "Congressman Jim Moran said that this bill is very important for the tech sector to grow and expand"  OhioChick   Nov-30-11 11:42 AM   #3 
     - And the USA circles the drain...  ChromeFoundry   Nov-30-11 11:50 AM   #5 
  - When did Congress become a clown school...  TruthBeTold65   Nov-30-11 11:59 AM   #6 
  - Looks like the whole Progressive Caucus (including Kucinich and Frank) voted for this.  pampango   Nov-30-11 12:06 PM   #8 
  - So this would include  TexasProgresive   Nov-30-11 12:39 PM   #9 
  - Alabama and Georgia ...  Texano78704   Nov-30-11 12:56 PM   #12 
  - great.  robinlynne   Nov-30-11 02:20 PM   #14 
  - I thought DU was for immigration, not against it.  blueclown   Nov-30-11 04:10 PM   #16 
  - Most are for legal immigration - at least in contrast to illegal immigration - but  pampango   Nov-30-11 05:11 PM   #18 
  - In the middle of the 2nd RepubliCON Great Depression  fasttense   Dec-01-11 05:03 AM   #22 

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