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Support Fairness For High Skilled Immigrants (HR-3012)

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I am writing to you to ask you for your support for H.R. 3012 - Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. This bill is a minor technical fix that will help reduce the long wait times and large backlog in the employment based green card system without increasing the number of green cards issued.

The root cause of the backlog and delays in the employment based green card system is the unfair and arbitrary per-country-limits of 7% per country on annual allotment of green cards. Because of this artificial limit, many high-skilled legal immigrants from countries like India, China, Mexico and Philippines are subjected to inhumane wait of more than 10-12 years for a visa. A minor technical fix of removing the per-country-limits and imposing the fair practice of first-come-first-serve will help reduce the long backlog. H.R. 3012 - Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, that contains the technical fix, passed the US House of Representatives with an overwhelming bipartisan support of 389-15 votes on Nov 29th. Now the bill is under consideration in the US Senate.

H.R. 3012 does NOT increase the number of green cards issued. It only aims to make the process of employment based immigration fair for the best and brightest high-skilled, English speaking, educated, tax-paying, law abiding, experienced professionals who have previously entered United States legally after proving their worth. These are people who have done their best to pay their dues to call this country home, but at the same time, have been treated with a lot of unfairness because of their country of birth.

I would like to bring the following to your attention regarding H.R 3012:
1. This bill does NOT increase the number of immigrants allowed in the United States.
2. This bill eliminates an archaic provision of the current employment based immigration law that discriminates the amount of time an employment based green card applicant needs to wait based on his/her country of birth.
3. This bill will have no impact on the diversity of the immigrant pool (much less the diversity of the population of United States) because it only impacts a small percentage of the total immigrant pool entering United States.
4. This bill is a product of patriotic minds on both sides of the aisle working together to produce small, beneficial results for the US economy. It has passed the House of Representatives with a 96% approval - a rare feat in today's times.

I request you to support H.R. 3012 with your honorable colleagues from both sides of the aisle. I am cognizant of how deeply contentious any immigration policy decision can be for elected officials. Years of partisanship and division over the issue have proven how difficult it is to resolve these issues. However, what you have in front of you is a bill that puts aside all contentious aspects of immigration, and focuses purely on the singular aspect that every United States citizen agrees with - Attract the best and brightest in the world to its shores, just as it always has, irrespective of their country of birth.

Thank You.

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