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November 08, 2005

Advocacy letter I sent to Senator Frist & Senator Alexander

Thank you for voting NO on Byrd Amendment No. 2367 on the Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005 (S. 1932)!

As you know, U.S. businesses are facing two serious crises: lengthy immigrant visa backlogs and an H-1B "blackout." The H-1B cap for fiscal year 2006 was exhausted two months before the fiscal year began. This means that U.S. companies will lose access for over a year to highly educated foreign professionals vital to their businesses. At the same time, highly skilled workers face lengthy "green card" backlogs that will prevent them from becoming U.S. permanent residents in the foreseeable future.

The overwhelming rejection of the Byrd Amendment, by 14-85, shows that the Senate strongly supports the Judiciary Committee's proposal, which presents a reasonable and workable solution to both of these problems.
While I am concerned about growing fees, I believe these increased fees represent a measured approach that satisfies the reconciliation target while providing increased access to H-1B and employment-based immigrant visas.

I urge you to continue to support the Senate Judiciary Committee proposal when the House and Senate meet to conference the budget reconciliation bill. Although I believe strongly in the need for comprehensive immigration reform, I consider this proposal to be an important first step toward an immigration system that better serves the interests of the U.S.

With gratitude for your continued leadership and support on this important issue.


Mario Ramos

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 8, 2005 07:12 AM


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