Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 98031259 (posted Mar. 12, 1998)"
[INSERT YOUR FIRM NAME & ADDRESS]
American Immigration Lawyers Association
For Immediate Release: [INSERT TODAY’S DATE]
For More Information: (INSERT YOUR NAME & PHONE NUMBER)
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]
[INSERT YOUR NAME HERE] represents several [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE]
businesses that depend on H-1B workers to compete, such as:
[INSERT TWO OR THREE CASE EXAMPLES HERE.]
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."