H.R. 3564 Fairness for High-Skilled Americans

H.R. 3564 – The Fairness for High-Skilled Americans Act was introduced yesterday, June 27, 2019 by Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona. The bill seeks to “amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the Optional Practical Training Program.”

Paul Gosar is a hero to the millions of American, highly skilled workers who have been silenced and ignored while being pushed out of good paying, research, and technology jobs across the United States. H.R. 3564, The Fairness for High-Skilled Americans Act, was created in response to the H.R. 1044/S386 legislation entitled, The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act introduced by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Senator’s Lee of Utah and Harris of California.

H.R. 1044/S386 was lobbied in Congress by foreign interests and funded by foreign dollars. Supported by big tech and global corporations, the proponents of this legislation were given access and opportunity to U.S. Congressman and Senators. Those entities that benefit from the steady stream of cheap foreign labor garnered through the H1B visa program unquestionably support the passage of this legislation. H.R. 1044/S386 is anything but “fair” and the majority of those H1B workers employed in the U.S. are typically anything but “highly skilled.”

H.R. 1044/S386 seeks to eliminate the 7% per country limit for employment-based green cards and to double the family-based limit from 7% today to 15% which will allow one country to co-opt America’s green card allocation for nearly a decade. The result will prohibit diversity in immigration and push American citizens out of the STEM professions for good.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was a hero to many as he stopped the introduction of S386 after Senator Lee of Utah introduced the bill this week. Listen as Senator Lee talks about how he has spent over a decade working hard for foreign interests which hurt American citizens. Lee speaks of the need to protect and enable foreigners and in doing so, forsakes the American citizens who have been harmed and continue to suffer by the monopolization, nepotism, and fraud that have been the mainstays of the H1B program since it’s inception.

Lee makes statements regarding immigrants having to work in less than desirable conditions, failing to recognize that millions of American, high skilled workers are forced to work in deplorable working conditions, with long hours, and for less pay and benefits as a direct result of H1B immigration that he is seeking to expand.

The Congressional Survey reported that passing HR 1044/S386 will do nothing more than incent more immigrants from the same country to continue to flood the domestic labor market, producing more harm rather than resolve the root cause of the monopolization of green cards by a handful of companies and countries. Lee fails to understand that Americans are the ones with “less power to negotiate” good salaries.

By sponsoring S386, Senator Lee and Senator Harris of California represent an anti-diversity platform that hurts women and minorities and seeks to demolish the U.S. middle class. As Lee explains, S386 is “supported by a broad bi-partisan coalition of lawmakers.”

In contrast, Congressman Gosar’s bill is supported, by the American Workers Coalition, the organization co-founded by three mothers, Barbara Birch, Marie Larson, and Hilarie Gamm and backed by thousands of American bi-partisan citizens.

Will the media choose to focus on the American professionals traumatized by “lawmakers” in D.C.? Or will they continue to perpetuate the myth that there is a shortage of domestic, talented professionals? Will they believe the billionaires who continue to employ and promote cheap foreign labor or the American citizens suffering?

This week, the Buffalo News published an Op-Ed offering perspective on the injury to U.S. women professionals as a result of the immigration practices associated with the HR 1044/S386 proposed legislation.

H.R. 3564 seeks to end the OPT loophole. OPT – Optional Practical Training is shutting U.S. college graduates out of jobs. Less than 50% of U.S. citizen STEM graduates are able to land a job in STEM, a direct result of the OPT and CPT program where employers favor foreign students over Americans.

OPT employers enjoy a 15% tax break as do the foreign workers employed under OPT. Estimates indicate that social security and Medicare lose over 2 billion per year in contributions due to the OPT loophole. In 2017, over 275,000 foreign student graduates were employed in the U.S. under OPT.

OPT has no limits, no restrictions, is not merit-based, and is the primary reason American college grads are being passed over for research positions, internships, and jobs.

OPT is being used to discriminate against U.S. citizen college grads. It was devised as a work around to the H1B annual cap, and it has been a huge success. U.S. colleges, universities, hospitals, labs, and corporations are hiring OPT workers before Americans, and the American middle class is suffering.

Thank you Congressman Gosar and Senator Paul for standing up for Americans first!


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