When You Call Lawmakers
- make sure that you identify yourself and your LEGAL status
- consider using following 'talking points' to reframe the dialog
- focus on these underlying interests to make it clear that the dialog has many facets and there is common ground with larger interests
- be personable, nice and kind
- good luck and all the best!!
In support of SKIL and other relief measures for High Skilled Immigrants:
NATIONAL & ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS - Will a capitalist country like America support the notion that a worker's 'country of origin' matters more on the job than 'meritrocracy, hard work and results'?
HARD TO BELIEVE? Just look at US companies and universities are unable to freely deploy and redeploy high skill knowledge workers that can help them meet the organizations' economic objectives and US competiteveness interests! Knowledge work knows no national boundaries. Preserve high skill work within the US regardless of workers' country of origin and help preserve high tax and social security contribution within the US!
CAPITALISM & FREE MARKETS - Will a democracy like America support the notion that 'indentured servitude' by highly skilled labor is acceptable in a nation of the 'brave and free' where notions of indentured servitude was outlawed in the 20th century?
HARD TO BELIEVE? Just look at H1B's stuck in companies and jobs for years with uncertainty where they cannot freely participate in the economic development and progress of this country. They are, for all practical purposes, tied to the yoke until their Green Cards are available.
HUMAN RIGHTS & WOMEN RIGHTS - Will a leading Human Rights supporter like America support the notion that 'women should be forced to sit at home' only because they are spouses of highly skilled labor and hence have to be 'forced to have babies because they are on a H4'?
HARD TO BELIEVE? Just look at women of H1B workers, many with advanced education and work experience, stuck at home and at risk for social, psychological and physiological degradation and abuse only because they are trapped within the 4 walls and cannot participate freely in the land of opportunity and hard work? They are, for all practical purposes, subject to the restrictions of the Middle-Ages women/wives that were forced out of opportunity and development.
It is EASY to get misled by hype and hyperbole when talking about immigration. For a land built by immigration, the very title cannot and should not become a lightening rod!
Respected elected official, I urge you, beg you, beseech of you to consider the net-economic value and social value that we, the highly skilled immigrant workforce continue to bring to the USA.
We seek neither entitlement nor social promotion
We seek no social service
We seek no special treatments
We just ask that you be aware of the above pain points and bring much needed relief to legal, law-abiding, tax-paying and country-loving knowledge workers and help retain their passion, energy, jobs and taxes within the USA!
History shows us that the nation was not built on artificial promises of protectionism. The spirit of bold vision, free adventure and hard work built this nation into its pre-eminent position. Will you, respected leader, help continue to cherish and support this hoary tradition?
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Here is my letter with names out:
My name is -------, and I am a highly skilled technology consulting professional from India. I came to the U.S. back in 2000 on employment and since then, I have made an excellent contribution to all the employers that I have worked for. My current work involves consulting in Public Sector for a State Police Agency. I am involved in developing an information system that will increase officer safety, and boost crime prevention and control.
However, I feel that my human rights are being violated.
My wife, --------, is a CPA - a highly qualified and accomplished individual. She cleared the NASBA CPA exam with flying colors in first attempt.
However, she feels her human rights are being violated.
This is so due to an issue called Employer Based Green Card Retrogression.
In these years, we have earned top notch dollars, paid taxes, made charitable contributions, visited numerous craft fairs and bought American products, and participated in the cultural diversity of this country. Highly skilled and accomplished as we are, we don't have a life.
We don't have a life, because we don't have security and peace of mind. We don't have peace of mind because after toiling for more than six years, we are still temporary workers. We don't have a green card yet.
Because we don't have a green card, life has come to a hold. Here's how.
For the longest time we didn't participate in my employer's 401 K plan because we weren't sure if we will get our green card and become permanent residents and hence be able to enjoy fruit of our labor after retirement. I didnít buy life insurance, or make long term investments for the same reason - unless we get a green card it seems like we are living in an exotic refugee camp. We haven't bought a home because our H1Bs have always been tied to a particular employer, and there is always this chance where if for some reason one of us loses our job, then we will not be able to afford the mortgage and may also have to leave the country in a matter of days, leaving no time for us to sell the house.
Senator, where is my American Dream? Why has America created a temporary workers' program which is completely unfavorable to the worker's quality of life and long term welfare?
My wife's H1B visa is expiring this February 2007, and since her green card was not filed and mine has no chances of showing up in that time, she will have to quit her job and sit at home - almost under house arrest. I can't even imagine what it would do the morale and self-confidence of a dignified woman who has earned her living through her hard work all these years.
Senator, we are in a crisis.
EB Green Card backlogs have resulted for individuals coming from high-demand countries, even when the overall cap has not been reached and regardless of the fact that these high-demand countries are often the only source of individuals capable of filling high-skilled jobs. Those caught in the backlog are forced to spend up to seven years waiting, unable to become true stakeholders in this country, putting their lives on hold in the hopes that a green card will eventually become available to them. Not surprisingly, these talented professionals often tire of waiting and leave the U.S. to put their knowledge and skills to use in other countries eager to compete with and surpass the U.S.
But this need not be the case.
By passing legislation that provides H-1B and EB green card backlog relief, you will be showing your support for enabling the best and brightest from around the globe to contribute their skills and knowledge to the U.S. economy, which is good for American workers, American businesses, and the countryís long-term economic health.
I request your support for the High-Skilled Immigrant Interim Relief Act of 2006 bill introduced in the Senate by Senator Cornyn. This bill provides relief to legal high-skilled immigrants waiting patiently for their permanent residency and gives required impetus to innovation and competitiveness in the U.S. A similar bill popularly known as the Securing Knowledge, Innovation and Leadership (SKIL) bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Cornyn and co-sponsored by Senators Allard, Allen, Bennett, Enzi, Hutchison and Lott. This bill has also been introduced in the House by Rep. Shadegg and co-sponsored by Reps. Conaway, Doolittle, Flake, Hoekstra, McCaul, Pence, Shimkus and Tiahrt.
I am a member of Immigration Voice, a national grassroots organization of legal high-skilled immigrants. Our organization is committed to helping the United States maintain economic competitiveness by retaining the world's best and brightest talent in the United States.
My family and about 500,000 others are in urgent need of your action in this matter.
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