Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 00060701 (posted Jun. 7, 2000)"
Individually addressed to the full House
June 6, 2000
The Honorable Neil Abercrombie
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Abercrombie:
On behalf of the American Business for Legal Immigration
Coalition (ABLI), we want you to know of our strong support for H.R. 3983, the
HI-TECH Act. The bill, which
temporarily raises the cap on H-1B visas, addresses the critical workforce
shortage American employers face, particularly for jobs requiring degrees in
math, science and engineering.
Three trends are at the crux of the problem:
Unemployment is at a record, 30-year low.
Demand for professionals with highly specialized skills has soared, while
the number of American students graduating from U.S. universities with
undergraduate degrees in math, science, engineering and other technical
disciplines has declined. Finally,
the way companies design, manufacture and market products and services around
the globe demands international personnel mobility.
Unfortunately, American employers are finding it increasingly difficult
to locate and recruit professionals to meet current project demands.
Failure to raise the cap to allow access to highly educated foreign
professionals, many of whom were educated at U.S. universities, will result in
lost sales, delayed projects and other setbacks that will threaten the
technological preeminence of U.S. industry.
H.R. 3983 would provide immediate relief to employers.
It would ensure that a number of visas are clearly reserved for
individuals with masters degrees and above, as well as for individuals working
for institutions of higher education and non-profit research organizations.
Moreover, it would institute changes to the green card process that would
help to alleviate some of the pressures that are currently borne by the H-1B
program. The bill also directs
funds raised by the fee to effective education and training programs that help
lay the groundwork for longer-term solutions to the worker shortage issue.
H.R. 3983 enjoys broad bipartisan support from Members across the
While H.R. 4227 does acknowledge the need to adjust the
cap, we do not believe that it provides the necessary changes to deliver
meaningful relief. Indeed, H.R.
4227 imposes burdensome new requirements on the H-1B program that would make the
program unusable for many employers.
With the cap on H-1B’s already expired, the need to
address this issue quickly is acute. We
cannot afford to maintain an artificial cap on our technology-driven economy.
We look forward to working with you to pass H.R. 3983 in the weeks ahead.
Should you have any additional questions or need more information, please go to www.nam.org/hrp/ABLI.htm,
or contact Sandy Boyd at (202) 637-3133.
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