A few weeks back I blogged about Bill H.R. 5921. This is a part of three bills introduced by Rep. Lofgren. The other two are H.R. 5882 and H.R. 6039
On Jun 12 there was a Hearing on the Need for Green Cards for Highly Skilled Workers and industry groups came out in support of all three bills. Out of five panelists, only one was in opposition to the bills with some bogus arguments based on the assumption that Employment Based immigration is supposed to be for geniuses and most people who do that are not geniuses. However the purpose of E.B. immigration is to reduce a shortage of skilled workers and make America more competitive. The current immigration process is known to be broken and any one of the above bills will make things better for legal immigrants who have been waiting for upto a decade to get green cards.
Most of the problems arise because of inefficiencies in processing applications. Even processes designed to speed up parts of the process such as the the new PERM labor are now completely broken.
Bill 5882 will reduce the problem of Retrogression and 6039 would completely elimiate retrogression and as such some of these could indirectly stimulate the economy. There are many immigrants who will not rick buying houses until they have a green card, cannot start their own business, some even don't get raises and promotions! There are people who complain that companies like foreign workers because they are cheap. What people don't realize is that the cause of this is a broken immigration policy.
Visit Immigration Voice for more information and discussions about these bills