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Very Important -- Grab This Opportunity To End The H1B/L1 Visa Programs

 
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Ask what you can do for the U.S. working class!!!
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Friends,
Urgently need your help!
Please contact your representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and support the following two CRITICAL bills in Congress. Then fax them. Then email them. Then send them a snail mail letter. Keep doing this over and over until you get their support. Do NOT give up!

Tom Tancredo - H.R. 2688 �Repeal of Authorities Relating to H-1b Visas for Temporary Workers� July 9, 2003: Rep Tom Tancredo (R-CO 6th) introduces H.R. 2688 �Repeal of Authorities Relating to H-1b Visas for Temporary Workers�. This simple 15-line piece of legislation would completely OUTLAW and END the H-1B visa! Needless to say � We are VERY PLEASED with the simplicity and forthrightness of this legislation. This is EXACTLY what we have been fighting for! Now it is up to us to make it happen.

H.R. 2702 �L-1 Non Immigration Reform Act�
June 17, 2003: Rep Rosa DeLauro (CT-D 3rd) introduces H.R. 2702 �L-1 Non-Immigration Reform Act�. We strongly support this legislation, which will put a tight clamp on the flood of workers who are not American citizens (and have not applied to be American citizens) from taking jobs from American citizens. The bill limits L-1s to 35,000 per year. Today, there is no limit. L-1s would also not be allowed to work on contract for �third parties�. There are a number of other protections for American workers including limitations on a company being able to lay off an American worker within plus-or-minus 6 months of an L-1 being hired. Other provisions also exist which would prevent abuses that are occurring today

Contact me at grjackson@mindspring.com or 404-731-5094 if you are willing and available to testify before the Senate Immigration subcommittee on July 29th. Include a brief sentence or two about your current situation. This will be sent to Senator Chambliss and to select media with a note about the numbers of Americans unemployed and available, but not called to tell their story.

Join the National Association for the Employment of Americans (NAEA) http://www.naea.us/membership.asp
Also sign-up for our action alert list (send email to contact@naea.us Subject: Action Alert) Max of one email a week.

Thank you!


Glenn R. Jackson, President
NAEA
404-731-5094
www.naea.us

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Follow the web links to contact your representatives:
1. once you enter your zip code, the name of your representatives will be prompted to the screen;
2. you can either use the letter template provided or compose your own letters;
3. the letters will be faxed to your representatives free of charge

Support
H.R. 2702
http://capwiz.com/fair/issues/bills/?bill=2842081
would amend the L-1 visa program to prevent corporations from bringing in cheap labor at the expense of American workers. This bill would place an annual cap of 35,000 on L-1 visas while denying L-1 visas to any company that has laid off an American worker within six months of filing an L-1 visa application.
Support
H.R. 2688
http://capwiz.com/fair/issues/bills/?bill=2841666
would eliminate the H-1B visa program, which is often used by employers to bring in cheaper foreign high-tech workers at the expense of American workers.
Oppose
S. 1387
http://capwiz.com/fair/issues/bills/?bill=2842001
would create a new guestworker program with countries that enter into agreements with the U.S. to develop standards of enrollment, procedures for providing health care, training of workers, and monitoring information regarding departure and return of workers.
Oppose
Free trade agreements with Chile and Singapore:
http://capwiz.com/fair/issues/alert/?alertid=2916006
Now, this issue has become more urgent, as the U.S. Senate will vote on the two free trade agreements early next week! Oppose this ratification which would send more American jobs overseas and allow companies to import more cheap foreign "temporary" labor. Special thanks to Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for opposing it.
Regards,
Roy Lawson
www.freedomcast.com
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Also, please tell your representatives and the administration that they need to clean up their own back yard. They must spend our hard-earned tax dollars on US citizens.
I am working in a federal-funded project, where the US consulting firm (my employer) also has hired tons of H-1B foreign programmers over the past year for this project. In the mean time, many of my friends has had a hard time finding work.
Paul
 
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Please also ask your parents, uncles, aunts, siblings, cousins, nephews, nieces, .... to fax your legislators.
 
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I hope this will not go the same path as H.R. 3222 filed last year by Rep. Tancreado, a bill that would have permanently capped the H1B program at 65,000 and provided for a reduction in H1Bs available whenever the U.S. unemployment rate exceeded 6 percent. This measure did not obtain any co-sponsors and never passed out of the subcommittee to which it was assigned.
 
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Americans must unite and do something about it. Indians are signing petition oppose abolishing the H1-B visa:
http://www.sulekha.com/petitions/listings.asp?cid=34
They have gathered more than 14,000 signatures.
Indians are more willing to fight for their jobs than Americans. What are Americans doing?
 
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Natalie,
The petition is a joke. It doesn't mean anything. People have been posting over and over on it under various pseudonyms.
 
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My congressman of GOP does not care about this much.
I guess we are going to loss.
 
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We should keep working on it no matter what. The civil right movement did not achieve their goal within one or two years.
 
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TORAW attended a news conference today at which time Senator Christopher
Dodd (D) CT and Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (R) CT announced duplicate bills
for the Senate and House to address our H-1B and L-1 visa issues. The attached documents contain the actual bills and a summary.
Please write to you U.S. Senators and Congressmen and ask them to cosponsor
these bills or support them.
There was TV coverage of their announcements and it should be aired tonight on WTHN-8 and NBC30.
Thank you for your support.
Sincerely,
John A. Bauman
President
T.O.R.A.W.
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S.1452
USA Jobs Protection Act of 2003 (Introduced in Senate)
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to the H-1B and L-1 visa programs to prevent unintended United States job losses, to increase the monitoring and enforcement authority of the Secretary of Labor over such
programs, and for other purposes.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 24 (legislative day, JULY 21), 2003
Mr. DODD introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to
the Committee on the Judiciary
A BILL
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to the H-1B and L-1 visa programs to prevent unintended United States job losses, to increase the monitoring and enforcement authority of the Secretary of Labor over such
programs, and for other purposes.
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H.R.2849
USA Jobs Protection Act of 2003 (Introduced in House)
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to the H-1B and L-1 visa programs to prevent unintended United States job losses, to increase the monitoring and enforcement authority of the Secretary of Labor over such
programs, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 24, 2003
Mrs. JOHNSON of Connecticut (for herself, Mr. SIMMONS, Mr. MICA, Mr. GREENWOOD, and Mr. MANZULLO) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
A BILL
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to the H-1B and L-1 visa programs to prevent unintended United States job losses, to increase the monitoring and enforcement authority of the Secretary of Labor over such
programs, and for other purposes.
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NACCB to Testify before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration On L-1 Visa Abuse and its Affect on U.S. IT Services Companies
WASHINGTON, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB) will testify before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at a hearing entitled the "L1 Visa and American Interests in the 21st Century Global Economy."
NACCB will present testimony that highlights the impact that the improper use of the L-1B visa by offshore IT consulting firms has had on U.S. IT Services companies and the consultants that they place. Offshore IT consulting firms are increasingly using the L-1B visa as a way to circumvent the congressionally-mandated safeguards and restrictions of the H-1B visa program.
"While we recognize the value of the L-1 visa in the global marketplace, there is a loophole in the L-1B visa statute. We urge Congress to close the loophole and eliminate the abuses, but retain the L-1 visa program for legitimate intracompany transferees. It is our hope that the testimony we offer at the hearing will be the first step in stopping the abuse. I commend Chairman Chambliss and the Subcommittee for taking up this important issue," stated Mark Roberts, CEO of NACCB.
With an L-1B visa (also known as an intracompany transferee visa) an applicant must possess meaningful "specialized knowledge" of the etitioning organization's products, services, processes or procedures. However, NACCB will testify that foreign workers are being brought in on L-1B visas with skill sets and experience that are readily available within the U.S. labor pool for the sole purpose of serving as lower cost staff supplementation.
These foreign workers do not possess any meaningful "specialized knowledge" as was originally intended for persons entering the United States under the L-1B visa category.
NACCB will suggest legislative changes that address the abuse and close the loophole, but retain the L-1 visa for legitimate intracompany transferees.
ABOUT NACCB
NACCB is the only national trade association exclusively representing IT services firms. NACCB has over 300 member companies and 22 chapters. Association members include both IT staffing firms -- which supply on-site consultants to support an IT project -- and solutions firms -- which take on projects and deliver a complete solution to any technical problem. NACCB was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
http://www.naccb.org/
 
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