Eliminate Visa Lottery

The Diversity Visa Program, often referred to as the “Visa Lottery” was established in 1990. Under this program, 55,000 visas are allocated annually via a random process to natives of countries that have relatively low rates of immigration to the United States. In 1997, 5,000 of these visas were reserved for individuals who qualified for legal permanent resident status under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act. Those 5,000 visas are not granted under a lottery process.

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Does Trump Want to Increase Legal Immigration?

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

This week's issue of the the Economist focuses on Pres. Donald Trump's outlook on the global economy, including his thoughts on legal immigration to the United States where he said that he doesn't want to cut immigration. The interview sounded alarm bells for those seeking to reduce existing immigration levels.

Urge Pres. Trump to Reduce Legal Immigration Numbers

In the most recent issue of The Economist, Pres. Trump is quoted as saying that his merit-based immigration system would not reduce legal immigration to the United States. In fact, the reporter asked Trump directly if he would cut legal immigration numbers.

But the numbers of those people could be as high as the numbers that are coming in legally now? You're not looking to reduce the numbers?

TRUMP: Oh yeah, no, no, no, no, we want people coming in legally. No, very strongly.

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New Zealand Strengthens Income Requirements for Skilled Foreign Workers

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New Zealand announced today that they have made changes to their skilled foreign worker visa program that requires immigrants to meet certain income levels to be eligible for the visa. In order to qualify as a skilled immigrant they must get a job in which they earn at least the median income, to qualify as higher skilled the immigrant will need to earn at least 150% of the median income.

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USCIS & DOJ Announce Plans to Improve H-1B Process

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department issued a memorandum over the weekend that requires companies to prove that the computer programming job they are filling with a H-1B foreign worker meets the advanced knowledge and experience qualifications of the H-1B visa program. This will provide more scrutiny to computer programmer applications to ensure they are not being hired to do simple jobs that Americans could do.

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Pew: No U.S. Industry is Made Up of a Majority of Immigrant Workers

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A new Pew Research Center report shows that there are no major U.S. industries where immigrant workers outnumber American workers. The report uses Pew’s 2014 workforce estimates and the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey to look at all workers ages 16 and over in a civilian industry including both legal and illegal immigrants in 2014.

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60 Minutes investigates How H-1B Visas Are Being Used to Replace American Workers

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60 Minutes launched an investigative report on how some U.S. companies are using the H-1B visa to bring in cheaper foreign labor and replace American workers. They interviewed several U.S. workers who not only lost their jobs but were forced to train their replacements.

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NumbersUSA Endorses Gen. Kelly for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings this week for Pres.-elect Donald Trump's Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Gen. John Kelly. In advance of the hearing, NumbersUSA President and Founder Roy Beck sent the following letter of endorsement to Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.)

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NumbersUSA endorses Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings next week for Pres.-elect Donald Trump's Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. In advance of the hearing, NumbersUSA President and Founder Roy Beck sent the following letter of endorsement to Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

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Congress Renewed EB-5 Investor Visa in CR

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At the beginning of the month Congress renewed the EB-5 visa program, which was set to expire, for another four-and-a-half months when they passed their continuing resolution. This visa program has been impaired by fraud and abuse and while most of the lawmakers agree that the program needs to be reformed they could not agree on what type of reforms and so they punted the decision to the new incoming administration and Congress.

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Sen. Cotton: Make Immigration Policy Benefit American Workers

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In a New York Times op-ed entitled “Fix Immigration. It’s What Voters Want” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., argues President-elect Trump “has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers.” He says the nation needs an immigration policy that focuses less on powerful special interests and more on everyone else.

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Puzder: 'I will fiercely defend American workers'

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Pres.-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary alarmed immigration-reduction activists with his past support for the Gang of 8 amnesty bill that would have tripled the number of lifetime work permits issued over 10 years. But Puzder released a statement over the weekend declaring his commitment to Trump's campaign pledge to protect American workers and their wages from foreign worker competition.

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Report: Carnival Joins List of Companies Forcing American Workers to Train Guest Worker Replacements

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Breitbart reports Carnival Cruise Line workers in Florida, California and Washington State were told they will be terminated on February 3rd and must train their foreign replacements. Carnival denies the workers’ claims but the company admitted it is shifting technology operations to Capgemini, a French firm that has helped U.S. companies import thousands of guest workers to fill middle-class jobs.

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Chairman McCaul Outlines Homeland Security Overhaul

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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Tex., unveiled a plan to overhaul homeland security that includes: “extreme vetting” of foreign travelers; revamping the visa application process; immediate suspension of all immigration, including refugees, from high-risk areas; building a wall and increasing border assets; ending catch-and-release policies; reforming asylum standards; deporting criminal aliens; ending sanctuary cities; implementing a full entry-exit system; re-examining guest-worker programs; and mandating E-Verify.

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Goodlatte: Background-Check Failure Causes Feds to Suspend Citizenship Approvals

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., today exposed that USCIS halted naturalization ceremonies and stopped accepting new citizenship applications after it learned that its computerized case management system had not run FBI background checks on certain citizenship applicants. Earlier this year the DHS Inspector General revealed that the system had issued hundreds of green cards to incorrect names and addresses, sparking national security fears.

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CIS: Total Immigrant Population Hits Record High of 43.3 Million in 2015

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A new Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report analyzed the latest American Community Survey (ACS) data, conducted by the Census Bureau, and found that the immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record high of 43.3 million with about 1.5 million new immigrants settling in the U.S. each year.

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H-4 Visa Work Permit Lawsuit Dismissed

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U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan dismissed a challenge to a DHS rule allowing the spouses of H-1B guest workers to get work permits. Save Jobs USA, a group of former Southern California Edison tech workers, alleged the rule would create more job competition for those already facing substantial H-1B competition but the judge said the plaintiff failed to prove H-4 visa holders would displace Save Jobs USA workers.

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Number of Adult Immigrants Quadrupled in 232 Counties from 1990 to 2014

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A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies uses data from the 1990 and 2000 Censes and 2010-2014 the American Community Survey (ACS) to show how the adult immigrant population (illegal and legal) has grown from 1990 to 2014 at the county level. The analysis shows that in 232 U.S. counties the number of adult immigrants has quadrupled in 14 years.

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Grassley, Leahy: Reform EB-5 or Let it Expire

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., told Senate leadership they oppose a straight reauthorization of the fraud-ridden EB-5 visa program in a FY17 continuing resolution (CR) or appropriations bill. The program must be reformed or allowed to expire on September 30th, they said.

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New L-1 Visa Form Asks Foreign Workers for More Details About Past Employment

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new I-129S form that will ask for specific details about a foreign workers’ prior work history in an effort to address fraud concerns. The new form has doubled in length from four pages to eight in order to gather information, especially in determining what “specialized knowledge” an applicant has and if it meets the L-1 visa conditions.

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Proposed Rule Again Tests Limits of USCIS 'Discretion'

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a rule that relies on the agency’s parole authority to give foreign nationals temporary permission to be in the United States to “start or scale their businesses.” Current law allows USCIS to use parole authority in dire, individual humanitarian cases, not to benefit broad categories of beneficiaries. As such the proposal, like the court-blocked DAPA/extended DACA amnesty, directly challenges the limits of agency discretion under immigration law.

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Poll: Large Majorities of Voters, Immigrants Support Trump's Immigrant-Vetting Proposal

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Breitbart News reports a new Morning Consult poll found that 62 percent of voters, and 61 percent of new U.S. immigrants, support Donald Trump’s proposal to conduct ideological screening as part of immigrant vetting. First and second generation Americans registered slightly higher levels of support.

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Cisco Will Lay off 5,500 American Workers While Pushing for More Foreign Workers

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Cisco Systems, Inc., a giant tech company, plans on laying off 5,500 employees or about 7% of its global workforce starting in the next few weeks. The Cisco company has been a champion for increasing H-1B visas and is currently the 28th biggest user of H-1Bs in the U.S.

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Immigrant Vetting is "as American as Apple Pie"

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In a speech Monday Donald Trump outlined his proposal for increasing immigrant vetting, which the mainstream media immediately slammed as being “un-American” and “crazy.” But as several notable scholars point out, history and the law are on Mr. Trump’s side, not theirs. For example, as Professor George Borjas of Harvard’s Kennedy School recently quipped “If [they] just do a couple of minutes of googling before reacting, it would become very apparent very quickly that immigrant vetting has a very long tradition in American history.”

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Summer Vacation Report: Immigration Problems in Bahamian Paradise

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Having just returned from a week-long vacation in The Bahamas with my family, I’d like to report back on some unexpected immigration-related findings. It seems that The Bahamas – a true paradise filled with gorgeous vistas and wonderful people – is subject to the same kind of illegal and legal immigration problems that plague the United States. We spoke to many native Bahamians and, when the conversation turned to employment, virtually all complained about foreign nationals, especially guest workers, taking jobs.

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Tech Companies Perpetuate Education Myth in Order to Increase H-1B Visas 

Microsoft Perpetuate Education Myth

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Microsoft hosted a mini-conference last week, which was attended by other tech companies such as Facebook and Amazon, that claimed that the U.S. should increase the number of H-1B visas because other countries, such as India, produce better IT professionals than American schools. However, evidence shows that the hundred of thousands of H-1B professionals that come to the U.S. every year are less educated than American workers.

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India to Challenge Visa Reductions in International Court

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India says it will contest a bill to reform the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, if passed, saying it would violate international trade agreements. Last week, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) introduced the H-B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016 that would prevent companies from misusing these visas to replace American workers.

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David Brooks: Immigration System Has Been 'Overflooded'

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During ‘PBS NewsHour’ on Friday David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, attributed high immigration levels as a root cause of the Brexit vote and that similar attitudes can be found in the U.S. He said, “I’m as pro-immigration as the day is long, but we’ve asked a lot of people who are suffering in this economy to accept extremely, radically high immigration levels. And we’ve probably overflooded the system.”

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