The Democrats in the House are negotiating with a small group of Republicans to approve a visa measure that would increase citizenship incentives for Indians and Chinese to displace indebted American college grads in white-collar jobs at Fortune 500 companies.
Those new American college graduates, including many who previously supported Republicans but now provide crucial swing vote support for the Democrats in the 2022 election, are worried about their job prospects because of the visa giveaway included in the EAGLE Act of 2022.
Even if the much-criticized backlog of migrant graduates has decreased considerably since 2020, the measure is still being contested. The backlog decreased as a result of President Joe Biden’s deputies repurposing green cards intended for chain-migration families for employees of Fortune 500 companies.
According to Joe Chatham, senior government relations manager of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, “FAIR adamantly opposes the EAGLE Act (H.R. 3648). (FAIR). That which is stated is as follows:
The law would give precedence to employees from India and China over all other workers across the world, undermining the fairness of our immigration system. In addition, it ensures that all permanent employees in the United States share the same background and experiences. More competition for American labor would result, while Big Tech’s coffers would be filled.
The measure has 83 sponsors in the House, led by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who represents major commercial interests in Silicon Valley. The bill may be coupled with another law.
Rep. Tom Emmer, who oversaw the Republicans’ shockingly close victory in 2022, is one of eight Republicans who have signed on to cosponsors of the bill (R-MN). Last week, Emmer defeated Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) in a close vote to become the Republican whip.
Pennsylvania Republican Brian Fitzpatrick is one more lawmaker who backs the outsourcing proposal. In addition to supporting farmworker amnesty that benefits agricultural investors, he serves as co-chairman of the establishment-leaning Problem Solvers Caucus.
Co-leader of the Main Street Caucus and Republican from Nebraska, Rep. Don Bacon, is on board with the subsidy for multinational corporations and international students.
Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), John Curtis (R-UT), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Pete Stauber (R-MN), and William Timmons are among the others who back the bill (R-SC).
Ironically, the bill’s support from “heartland” Republicans is surprising given that it would reduce incentives for investors in major coastal cities to hire graduates from states like Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
Rather, investors can use the EAGLE act’s expedited hiring provisions to bring in more low-cost, compliant graduates from India and China to fill positions in the investors’ coastal states. If companies couldn’t hire foreign employees on short notice, investors would be forced to move their operations away from low-wage areas and towards the United States’ core.