H.R. 4740, the Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act, would extend for three years an exemption for any H-2B alien (for temporary, or seasonal low-skill workers) who has been counted against the 66,000-visa cap during any of the three previous three fiscal years. H.R. 4740 has the potential to triple the number of H-2B workers in the United States at any given time.
H.R. 2330, the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act, would increase permanent, legal immigration by adding an extra 254,000 family-based visas annually, reward virtually all illegal aliens (except those with criminal records or terrorist connections) with amnesty, potentially rewarding 9 million illegal aliens with amnesty, and add an extra 150,000 employment-based visas (mostly for unskilled workers) each year. Additionally, it would create a brand new "guest" worker program that would bring in 400,000 unskilled workers the first year. Depending on how fast U.S.
H.R. 4166, the American Workforce Improvement and Jobs Protection Act, would exempt from the annual H-1B cap aliens holding a Master's degree or higher, up to 20,000. However, the bill would have reinstated tougher employer attestation requirements, a $1,000 application fee, and Labor Department investigative authorities, that expired in the fall of 2003.
H.R. 4052, the Save Summer Act, would increase the annual cap for 2004 on H-2B visas for low-skill, temporary foreign workers by 40,000.
H.R. 4041 would remove the numerical cap on H-2B visas for 2004.
H.R. 2899, the Border Security and Immigration Improvement Act, would create a legalization process for almost all illegal aliens who would then be eligible for green cards after 6 years. It would also create a guestworker program for illegal aliens that would lead to amnesty.
H.R. 4300 was a bill to radically increase annual immigration numbers by removing or increasing limits in most immigration categories. As well, H.R. 4300 created the diversity visa lottery. Traditional American immigration had averaged around 250,000 a year until the 1980s when it dramatically rose to around 500,000. Largely as a result of H.R. 4300, annual legal immigration has risen to around 1,000,000 (one million) a year.