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MANDATORY E-VERIFY: 4 More Co-Sponsor Chairman Smith's Bill (Akin, Burton, Latham & Shimkus)

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Akin, Burton, Latham, & Shimkus

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Reps. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), Dan Burton (R-Ind.), Tom Latham (R-Iowa), and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) have co-sponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) E-Verify bill. Chairman Smith's bill would require most employers to use E-Verify within two years of enactment.

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MANDATORY E-VERIFY: 3 More Co-Sponsor Chairman Smith's Bill (McClintock, McKeon & Pearce)

Reps. McClintock, McKeon, and Pearce

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Reps. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), and Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) have co-sponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) E-Verify bill. Chairman Smith's bill would require most employers to use E-Verify within two years of enactment.

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The Media's E-Verify Amnesia

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  by  Jeremy Beck

More than any other issue, immigration causes amnesia to mainstream media journalists. For years, we have known three facts about E-Verify: (1) it's accurate; (2) it's effective; and (3) it's free. As these basic truths have become widely known, E-Verify has grown in popularity with the public and the employers that use the system. Yet recent reporting shows a disconnect from E-Verify's most important features.

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MANDATORY E-VERIFY: 4 More Co-Sponsor Chairman Smith's Bill (Hunter, Jones, Roe & Westmoreland)

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Hunter, Jones, Roe & Westmoreland

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Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) have co-sponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) E-Verify bill. Chairman Smith's bill would require most employers to use E-Verify within two years of enactment.

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DREAM Supporters Living in a Fantasy World of Full Employment

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  by  Jeremy Beck

The media gave Education Secretary Arne Duncan a free pass last week, when he testified before Congress that a DREAM Act amnesty was necessary because there aren't enough U.S. workers to fill available jobs. Numerous studies, reports, testimony, and statistics scoff at any notion of a STEM worker shortage, but none of them were included in mainstream media stories that reported on Duncan's testimony. Few reporters challenge absurd claims like Duncan's, leaving many Americans uninformed about the crisis American STEM workers face.

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Louisiana Passes E-Verify Bills Covering State Contractors and Private Employers

Gov. Bobby Jindal

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed two pieces of legislation into law on Thursday that will require or encourage businesses to use E-Verify. HB342 requires all state and local contractors to use E-Verify, while HB646 requires all private businesses to verify the legal status of their new hires by providing employers that use it a safe harbor against sanctions.

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198,172 Businesses Listed in our E-Verify Database

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Almost 200,000 businesses are now listed in our E-Verify database. This feature allows you to search for businesses that are protecting American workers by ensuring that all their new hires are authorized to work in the United States. Currently, more than 260,000 businesses use E-Verify at nearly 1 million worksites nationwide. An additional 1,000 employers begin using the system each week.

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Wisconsin Democrats Offer Bill to Penalize Companies that Hire Illegal Alien Workers

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Five Wisconsin Senate Democrats have offered a bill that would make companies that hire illegal aliens ineligible for state tax exemptions, state contracts, grants and loans. The bill was introduced by Dave Hansen, Robert Wirch, Jon Erpenbach, Jim Holperin and Tim Carpenter.

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MANDATORY E-VERIFY: 3 More Co-Sponsor Chairman Smith's Bill (Campbell, Duncan & Miller)

Reps. Duncan, Campbell & Miller

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Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.), John Duncan (R-Tenn.), and Candice Miller (R-Mich.) have co-sponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) E-Verify bill. Chairman Smith's bill would require most employers to use E-Verify within two years of enactment.

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MANDATORY E-VERIFY: 3 More Co-Sponsor Chairman Smith's Bill (Bartlett, Quayle & Rohrabacher)

Reps. Bartlett, Quayle & Rohrabacher

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Reps. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have co-sponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) E-Verify bill. Chairman Smith's bill would require most employers to use E-Verify within two years of enactment.

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MANDATORY E-VERIFY: 3 Freshmen Co-Sponsor Chairman Smith's Bill (Palazzo, West & Womack)

Reps. Palazzo, West & Womack

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Three Freshmen House Members have co-sponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) E-Verify bill. Reps. Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.), Allen West (R-Fla.), and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) have added their names to the co-sponsorship list, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 24. Chairman Smith's bill would require most employers to use E-Verify within two years of enactment.

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MANDATORY E-VERIFY: 3 More Co-Sponsor Chairman Smith's Bill (Blackburn, Lewis & McCaul)

Reps. Blackburn, Lewis & McCaul

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Three more House Members have co-sponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) E-Verify bill. Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), and Mike McCaul (R-Texas) have added their names to the co-sponsorship list, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 16. Chairman Smith's bill would require most employers to use E-Verify within two years of enactment.

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MANDATORY E-VERIFY: 4 Co-Sponsor Grassley Bill (Boozman, Rubio, Sessions, Wicker)

(clockwise from upper left) Sens. Boozman, Rubio, Sessions & Wicker

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Senators John Boozman, Marco Rubio, Jeff Sessions, and Roger Wicker are among the nine original co-sponsors to Senator Chuck Grassley's mandatory E-Verify bill offered last week. The bill would require all businesses to use E-Verify for new hires within 1 year of enactment and require all current employees be checked within 3 years of enactment.

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E-Verify Hearing Becomes a Discussion of Who Supports America's Unemployed and Who Supports Illegal Alien Workers

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  by  Jonathan Osborne

The House Immigration Subcommittee held a hearing on Wednesday on Chairman Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2164) that would require nationwide use of E-Verify. The hearing was an opportunity for the National Restaurant Association and National Association of Home Builders to express support of the bill. Those who testified against the bill, including the National Immigration Law Center and several Democrats on the Subcommittee, used the hearing to express their support for illegal alien workers over the interests of 22 million Americans who can't find a full-time job.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders, and the National Restaurant Association Endorse E-Verify Bill

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a press release on Tuesday endorsing the Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2164) introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, which would require all businesses in the country to begin using E-Verify within three years of enactment. The National Association of Home Builders and National Restaurant Association offered their endorsement of the bill during a hearing held by the House Immigration Subcommittee earlier today.

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Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces The Legal Workforce Act Requiring the Use of E-Verify Nationwide

Rep. Lamar Smith

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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has introduced a major piece of legislation that would require most employers to use E-Verify within two years of enactment. Large employers, federal, state, and local agencies and federal and state contractors would need to comply within six months. The bill would also make the E-Verify program permanent and reinstate the no-match letter program to help identify the 7 million illegal aliens currently holding non-agriculture jobs.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley Introduces Major E-Verify Legislation in the Senate

Sen. Chuck Grassley

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has introduced new legislation (S.1196) in the U.S. Senate that would require all employers in the United States to use E-Verify. Sen. Grassley is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration policy in the Senate. He also sits on the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. Sen. Grassley's bill would make the E-Verify program permanent and would require all employers to use the system within 12 months of enactment.

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Yakima City Council approves use of E-Verify

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Amid a new round of politically charged rhetoric about illegal immigration, a divided Yakima City Council narrowly reversed itself Tuesday and approved the use of E-Verify over the objection of Hispanic community leaders.

The council voted 4-3 to require that contractors who do business with the city must verify the legal status of their employees by using the controversial federal employment-screening database.

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It is time for the media to report what E-Verify actually does

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's mandatory E-Verify law, the press should turn its attention to reporting what actually happens when states require employers to verify the work eligibility of their new hires. Until now, most of the coverage has been focused on hypotheticals and "fears" of what mandatory E-Verify might do, rather than what it does do.

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Supreme Court Orders Lower Court to Re-Examine Hazleton Ruling

Hazleton City Hall

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The Supreme Court has overturned a lower court's ruling that stopped a Hazleton, Pa. city ordinance requiring businesses to use E-Verify. The ordinance, signed by former mayor and current Congressman Lou Barletta, prohibits business owners from knowingly hire illegal aliens and prevents landlords from renting to illegal aliens.

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NPR's E-Verify Court Coverage: Fanning the Flames with Falsehoods

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  by  Jeremy Beck

The errors in National Public Radio's coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-3 decision to uphold Arizona's E-Verify law were so blatant and verifiable that the segment would have made a good candidate for one of NPR's famous April Fools Day reports. But the falsehoods that listeners heard in the "All Things Considered" segment are no joke. There has been no correction in the story online, which would indicate no one within the organization caught the errors.

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Mayor Bing gets it. Why don't Obama and Congress?

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit was asked what he thought of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's suggestion that new flows of immigration to Detroit would revitalize the city. Mayor Bing made it clear that the problems in Detroit don't stem from a shortage in the labor force, but rather a shortage of jobs.

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Recent College Grads Suffering In Job Market As Pres. Obama Asks For More Foreign Workers In Their Fields

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

A new report from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University has some discouraging news for young Americans graduating from college this spring. But instead of trying to help recent college graduates find work, Pres. Obama proposes flooding the job market with more foreign workers.

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Bloomberg's Bad Advice for Detroit

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Detroit, Michigan has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Earlier this year, it ranked No. 15 on Forbes' list of the 20 most miserable cities in America. The Motor City needs a boost and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg both believe immigration can provide it. But does anyone seriously think that more immigrants can cure Detroit's 30 percent unemployment rate?

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Feds Further Expand Investigation of Chipotle

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The federal government interviewed more Chipotle employees this week in two dozen locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched an audit on the company's employee records, resulting in the firing of approximately 500 illegal aliens in Minnesota, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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Dan Rather Reports: Many H-2B Petitioners in Counties with High Unemployment

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Dan Rather Reports, with the help of Policy Map, has put together an impressive database where you can search for companies that applied for H-2B foreign worker visas through the year 2009. The H-2B visa allows U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals for non-agricultural labor or service jobs where they can't find enough American workers, but Dan Rather reports that, "many of the companies that petitioned for H-2B guest worker visas were located in counties with particularly high unemployment."

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END VISA LOTTERY: 3 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Forbes, McKinley & Posey)

Reps. Forbes, McKinley & Posey

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Reps. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), David McKinley (R-W.V.), and Bill Posey (R-Fla.) have co-sponsored the bi-partisan SAFE for America Act of 2011 that would end the Visa Lottery. The Visa Lottery issues 50,000 green cards based on "random selection" instead of humanitarian need, family connection, or other economic or cultural value to the United States.

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Guestworker/Offshoring Scandal Gets (a little) Media Attention

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  by  Jeremy Beck

High tech companies use legal guest worker programs to displace American workers and eventually move many Americans' jobs overseas. Although this harmful practice that has cost hundreds of thousands of skilled Americans their jobs has been ongoing for more than 15 years, it has received scant attention in Washington D.C. or in the national media. But because of testimony given at a recent House Subcommittee hearing on H-1b visas and a whistle-blower scandal from within one of the largest users of the H-1b program, Americans are about to become enlightened.

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House Subcommittee Hearing on H-1B Visas Misses an Opportunity to Stand Up for Unemployed Americans

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  by  Jonathan Osborne

The House Immigration Subcommittee hosted a hearing on the impact of the H-1B visa program and whether it meets the needs of the U.S economy and its workers. Unfortunately, the issues of fraud and program management remained the primary topics of concern instead of whether or not foreign workers are still necessary during the peak of our recession.

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Virginia Gov. McDonnell Accelerates E-Verify Law Through Executive Order

Gov. Bob McDonnell

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell ordered that all executive branch state agencies must use E-Verify to check all new hires beginning June 1, 2011. The state legislature had passed a bill last year that requires state agencies to begin using E-Verify by the end of 2012, but Gov. McDonnell's executive order implements the law 18 months sooner.

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Lifelong Union Member Says Attrition Through Enforcement Will Help Free Up Jobs for Vulnerable Americans

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  by  Jonathan Osborne

The House Immigration Subcommittee convened on Thursday to discuss the impact of illegal aliens in the workforce on vulnerable Americans.The hearing didn't get much attention, but it discussed a serious topic, including the comments made by Greg Serbon - a union worker who discussed the disconnect between the pro-illegal-alien union leaders and the pro-enforcement union members. While dissenters threw out unrealistic, hypothetical solutions, Serbon directed his focus an attrition through enforcement solution.

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HARROP: Utah law isn't pro-worker

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Someone is missing at the celebration for the Utah Compact on immigration. Who could that be?

Latino activists, the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, the Chamber of Commerce and the state's political establishment ---- they're all there, hailing the law that would let illegal immigrants pay a fine, then apply to the state for two-year work permits. In the meantime, the governor would seek a waiver for the program from the federal government.

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House Subcommittee Discusses Impact of Immigration on Minorities

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  by  Jonathan Osborne

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement hosted a hearing Tuesday morning called “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities.” While the hearing was likely designed to correspond with February’s Black History Month festivities, March 1 is better late than never because it was quite entertaining by Congressional hearing standards.

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Rep. John Carter Introduces Bi-Partisan Bill That Would Require E-Verify

Rep. John Carter

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Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) has introduced bi-partisan legislation that would require all employers in the United States to use E-Verify for both new hires and existing employees. The Jobs Recovery by Ensuring a Legal American Workforce Act of 2011 (H.R.800) was introduced with three original co-sponsors, including two Democrats from North Carolina -- Reps. Mike McIntyre and Heath Shuler. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is also a co-sponsor.

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House Immigration Subcommittee Examines the Usability and Effectiveness of E-Verify

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  by  Jonathan Osborne

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement hosted a hearing Thursday morning on the merits of E-Verify and its capability to protect American jobs from illegal workers. The Committee conducted a demonstration of the E-Verify where it made its case as a quick, easy, and user-friendly program for determining the employment eligibility of a new employee. But that didn't keep some of the more skeptical Members from offering their opposition.

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Clinton's Labor Secretary Says New Jobs Aren't Keeping Up With Population Growth (caused mainly by immigration)

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  by  Jeremy Beck

In response to the latest unemployment report, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich laments that anemic job growth isn't even keeping up with U.S. population growth, which requires 125,000 new jobs every month just to keep unemployment from getting worse. Reich neglects to acknowledge that seventy-five percent of U.S. population growth is due to government-controlled immigration policies.

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Senators Grassley and Durbin Outline Concerns on H-1B Fraud

Sens. Grassley and Durbin

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Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, outlining their concerns of abuse within the H-1B visa program. The H-1B visa program allots 65,000 3-year visas per year for highly-skilled workers with more than half used by high-tech companies. The 65,000 visa cap for the 2011 fiscal year was reached last week, which could prompt calls for increasing the annual cap.

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15 More Countries Eligibile for Temporary Guest Worker Visas

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Fifteen countries have been added to the list of countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas, including Barbados, Estonia, Fiji, Hungary, Kiribati, Latvia, Macedonia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The H-2 visa classes are temporary work permits offered to foreign workers willing to work in agriculture, tourism and the hospitality industries when a worker shortage is anticipated.

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New GAO Report Exposes H-1B Visa Abuse

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A new report issued by the Government Accountability Office exposes the abuse of the H-1B Visa program, a program that offers up to 65,000 three-year visas per year to be issued to highly-skilled foreign workers. The report found that the majority of the visas go to a small number of companies that simply act as middle-men and offer the workers to larger companies that aren't held accountable for their compliance, or non-compliance, to the program's rules.

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Top Immigration-Reduction Democrats (if you're looking for a Democratic incumbent to support, here are some nominations)

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  by  Roy Beck

We know that most of our NumbersUSA members are dedicated either to the Republican or Democratic Party because of a wide array of issues and ideologies that are dear to you. Today, I'm writing for those of you who are wondering where you can make contributions to congressional Democratic incumbents nationwide who have been the most reliable in resisting immigration increases and in working for reductions. Here are the 18 Democrats who have earned a Grade-B or better for both their Career and for This Congress . . .

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