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senate Bill S. 153

Should More Immigrants With Special Skills Be Welcomed Into The U.S.?

Argument in favor

Upping the number of H-1B visas the U.S. approves will increase the amount of skilled labor available to American businesses. Their diverse talents will in turn help fuel economic growth.

tea's Opinion
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02/16/2015
The notion that "there are only so many jobs, and if there is one extra person in the country there would be 'one less job'" is ill-founded and irrational. The influx of these skilled workers will stimulate the economy, so it has immediate benefits for the U.S. This bill also includes measures to strengthen our country's STEM education and training, so it's also good for the U.S. in the long run.
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BananaNeil's Opinion
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03/22/2015
Improve our workforce. Help outsiders come to a thriving society where they can be of great contribution. Absolutely.
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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06/01/2015
Immigration helped build the U.S. into a prosperous nation. Today, the welfare state entices immigration instead of freedom and opportunity, and onerous regulations on labor and employment make hiring needlessly difficult. Our policy should be complete open borders with only 2 conditions: no welfare, and no terrorists.
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Argument opposed

There are millions of Americans who are struggling to find work, some of whom are qualified to perform the work that the H-1B visa recipients would be doing. This is quite literally a "they're taking our jobs" moment.

Karthik's Opinion
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04/06/2015
This helps only to bring more cheaper labor to US to benefit companies. It doesn't mention about any equivalent ratio of green card increase. So this will make the wait times for the green cards from current 4 to 10 years to 50+ years, which will enslave law abiding legal immigrants. So I strongly oppose any bill that doesn't address the current green card backlog, which will help the immigrants to create new businesses.
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David's Opinion
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04/07/2015
It is bad enough that we don't use our own skilled workers and want to take away more jobs from Legal Americans? Aren't American businesses happy with paying there own countrymen?
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PacificCstar's Opinion
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06/11/2015
These jobs should go to U.S. Citizens, not people here to earn money and take it home.
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bill Progress


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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2015

Bill Activity

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    Introduced in Senate
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    Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2015
    The notion that "there are only so many jobs, and if there is one extra person in the country there would be 'one less job'" is ill-founded and irrational. The influx of these skilled workers will stimulate the economy, so it has immediate benefits for the U.S. This bill also includes measures to strengthen our country's STEM education and training, so it's also good for the U.S. in the long run.
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    This helps only to bring more cheaper labor to US to benefit companies. It doesn't mention about any equivalent ratio of green card increase. So this will make the wait times for the green cards from current 4 to 10 years to 50+ years, which will enslave law abiding legal immigrants. So I strongly oppose any bill that doesn't address the current green card backlog, which will help the immigrants to create new businesses.
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    Improve our workforce. Help outsiders come to a thriving society where they can be of great contribution. Absolutely.
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    It is bad enough that we don't use our own skilled workers and want to take away more jobs from Legal Americans? Aren't American businesses happy with paying there own countrymen?
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    Immigration helped build the U.S. into a prosperous nation. Today, the welfare state entices immigration instead of freedom and opportunity, and onerous regulations on labor and employment make hiring needlessly difficult. Our policy should be complete open borders with only 2 conditions: no welfare, and no terrorists.
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    It's not a "taking our jobs" moment. The immigration applications are REALLY tough - employers are required to prove that they couldn't source the skills locally. Yes we need more home-grown talent, but until then let's be pragmatic.
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    I hired a person on an H4 visa and he was a highly skilled addition to our team of employees. His wife, however, could not work causing hardships for his family.
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    It seems that conservatives struggle with this contradiction. They tend to be free-trade, but against legal immigration. Those two political policies are very similar concepts, because they both increase competition and productivity. If the conservatives want to continue having a high standard of living, they must accept the fact that our country is competing in the global economy and our workers will have to adapt.
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    These jobs should go to U.S. Citizens, not people here to earn money and take it home.
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    The current H1B policies are often simply a way for companies to hire less expensive foreign workers even when there are usually existing US citizens with the needed skills, unemployed and looking for work.
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    No. This request is a 'self incriminating' request on the part of the Govt. The list of specialty occupations are primarily a STEM education based list. Evaluate the 'costs' of legislation to collect and analyze data that would be employed by DOE and other Govt agencies for purposes of the US being more competitive. No outsourcing. Exception is to privatize the STEM solutions model to private sector.
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    Having a highly skilled work force is something every country should strive for.
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    H1-B displaces Americans in favor of immigrants. Americans should come first in America.
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    Companies only want cheap labor, that's why they also don't want a minimum wage increase. It's called greed.
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    We have too many workers in US who need jobs
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    Yes . We needn't settle for illegals living off welfare , we don't want thugs or drug trafficking.we need the best kinds of immigrants out there .those who can make something from themselves . If they are skilled or talented it means they have many opportunities and it would be a benefit for our economy .we are a country built on immigrants. THESE people can create businesses thus creating more jobs as well
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    We need them....to help us ..it's just that simple.
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    Have citizens trained to do these jobs and pay them a competitive wage. Build our people to support our country.
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    Keep the jobs for true Americans!
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    All immigrants should be welcomed into the US. However I think there should be protection for American workers. Level the playing field.
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