Ut oh. Obama passed over true middle class advocate, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for yet another Corporate H-1B Guest worker Visa pusher.
Solis cosponsored the STRIVE act, the most notorious labor arbitrage bill targeting American workers, especially those in the Professional (STEM, S&T) career areas.
The STRIVE Act would establish the H-2C “guestworker” program, through which 400,000 “new workers” (plus their spouses and minor children on an unlimited basis) may come to the United States annually to perform labor or services for which no unemployed U.S. citizens living domestically can be found. In addition, it would allow the annual cap on H-2C visas to be increased to as many as 600,000. The STRIVE Act would allow the “guestworkers” to stay up to six years, during which time they could petition for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status at any time (they may apply on their own after having been an H-2C for a total of five years); would allow those applying for LPR status to stay and work in the United States as long as it takes to be granted such status; would authorize employers to lay off U.S. workers and replace them with H-2Cs, provided they lay off the U.S. workers more than 90 days before or 90 days after they petition for H-2Cs. In addition to the H-2C provisions, the STRIVE Act would more than double the number of employment-based (EB) immigrant visas available annually; would exempt EB immigrants seeking admission to work in “shortage occupations” from numerical caps through fiscal year 2017; would vastly increase the cap on H-1B visas (i.e., a minimum cap of 115,000 per year [with 20 percent increases authorized in any year following a year in which the cap was met, not to exceed 180,000]); would create various permanent exemptions from numerical caps on admission for “high skill” aliens; would extend the authorized stay of L-1 “intracompany transferee/specialized knowledge” nonimmigrants (no cap on these visas) for whom applications for LPR status are pending.
voting record on guest worker Visas.
Thanks Obama, just what we need, more displacement of U.S. workers through guest worker Visa programs and even worse, sure thing, we need to deny Americans opportunity to even higher education too because you are busy turning our university system into a glorified green card machine.