The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is officially known as S.B. 386, and it is pending passage in the Senate. We have written about the dangers of the act here and here. It may pass by unanimous consent without a vote or hearing if we don’t rally some opposition to it.
S.B. 386 will change the face of employment-based immigration for at least a decade in a move that is largely a gift to the tech industry, lifting the caps for workers from India and China, which will effectively block employment-based immigration for other industries—including health care and the oil and gas industry, which should concern Louisianans—and force those currently on DACA to leave the country and move to countries they have never lived in for more than a decade if they tried to adjust their status by getting jobs.
We explain in our breakdowns how per country caps and overall immigration caps have created this situation, and that adjusting per country caps as S.B. 386 does without changing overall caps will create one logjam in an effort to fix the ones that affect two of the countries that get the most employment-based visas, China and India.
Call and write your senators and ask for fixes that do no harm. What should you ask them?
The bill should also protect those applications already in process by extending no harm provisions to all applications with prevailing wage requests, Labor Certification, or I-140 petition filed before April 1, 2020 to allow cases in process to be filed and protected.
The dramatic stories of asylum seekers and refugees draws our attention, but many immigrants come to America through employment-based immigration, so this bill would drastically change the way legal immigration works in America. Please let senators know that you oppose this bill as written and how they could make it better.
Here is the contact information for the Senate Judiciary Committee members. Those asterisked names are on the Immigration subcommittee.
Lindsay Graham* SC R https://www.lgraham.senate.gov... (202) 224-5972
Dianne Feinstein* CA D www.feinstein.senate.gov/publi... (202) 224-3841
Chuck Grassley* IA R www.grassley.senate.gov/contac... (202) 224-3744
Patrick Leahy* VT D www.leahy.senate.gov/contact/ (202) 224-4242
John Cornyn TX R www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact (202) 224-2934
Dick Durbin* IL D www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/ (202) 224-2152
Micheal Lee* UT R www.lee.senate.gov/public/inde... (202) 224-5444
Sheldon Whitehouse RI D www.whitehouse.senate.gov/cont... (202) 224-2921
Ted Cruz* TX R (202) 224 5922 www.cruz.senate.gov
Amy Klobuchar* MN D www.klobuchar.senate.gov/publi... (202) 224-3244
Ben Sasse NE R www.sasse.senate.gov/public/in... (202) 224-4224
Christopher Coons* DE D www.coons.senate.gov/contact (202) 224-5042
Joshua Hawley* MO R www.hawley.senate.gov/contact-... (202) 224-6154
Richard Blumenthal * CT D www.blumenthal.senate.gov/cont... (202) 224-2823
Thom Tillis* NC R www.tillis.senate.gov/public/i... (202) 224-6342
Mazie Hirono* HI D www.hirono.senate.gov/contact (202) 224-6361
Joni Ernst* IA R www.ernst.senate.gov/public/in... (202) 224-3254
Cory Booker* NJ D www.booker.senate.gov/?p=conta... (202) 224-3224
Kamala Harris CA D www.harris.senate.gov/contact (202) 224-3553
Mike Crapo ID R www.crapo.senate.gov/contact (202) 224-6142
John Kennedy* LA R www.kennedy.senate.gov/public/... (202) 224-4623
Marsha Blackburn TN R www.blackburn.senate.gov/conta... (202) 224-3344
If you’re in Louisiana like we are, you can also reach out to Senator Bill Cassidy https://www.cassidy.senate.gov... (202) 224-5824
If you oppose this bill, you may also consider signing the Whitehouse Petition. All the ways that we can register our opposition help.