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H-1B Press Release

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 98031259 (posted Mar. 12, 1998)"

American Immigration Lawyers Association

For Immediate Release: [INSERT TODAY’S DATE]


Worker Shortage Hits [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE]
New Bill Would Allow [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] Businesses to Hire Needed Professionals From Around the Globe
Local Attorney Urges [INSERT YOUR SENATOR HERE] to support the American Competitiveness Act

[INSERT YOUR CITY, YOUR STATE] - Businesses all over [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] that are unable to find the highly-specialized workers they need could soon get relief from a new bill in Congress, according to local attorney [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE]. "The American Competitiveness Act" (S. 1723), introduced March 6th by Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, will give [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] companies the flexibility they need to compete with businesses all over the world. It will increase the number of temporary foreign professionals (H-1Bs) who may work in the United States to approximately 90,000 a year. Currently, the cap is 65,000. The bill also would create 20,000 college scholarships for low-income students to study math, engineering or computer science, create a training fund to give unemployed workers high-tech skills, and toughen penalties against companies that abuse the H-1B program.

"Businesses all over [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] are dependent upon high tech workers to remain competitive," asserted [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE]. "These companies span [INSERT WELL-KNOWN INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD HERE] to Main Street. They include pharmaceutical, biotech, manufacturing, aerospace, engineering, research, high tech and other companies that use cutting-edge technology to compete. Many [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] businesses use H-1B workers in vital technology positions. They create and protect jobs for other [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] workers."

[INSERT YOUR NAME HERE] represents several [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] businesses that depend on H-1B workers to compete, such as:


In fiscal year 1997, the H-1B cap was reached at the end of August - more than a month before the end of the year -- even before the skill shortage was first identified. If this legislation is not signed into law soon, the cap could be reached as early as Memorial Day. If businesses are unable to obtain the workers they need, we will face a "high-tech train wreck," where products do not get developed and sent to market on time, innovation is stymied, and domestic companies lose ground to competitors in the rest of the world.

"I strongly urge [INSERT YOUR SENATOR HERE] to co-sponsor this vital legislation," [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE] concluded. "If [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] businesses cannot hire these professionals, they will go to other countries - and so will our businesses. We are the high tech capital of the world. Let’s keep it that way."


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