September 25, 1998
The Honorable Max Cleland
200 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Sen. Cleland:
Please oppose HR 3736 when it comes up for your vote. Quoting House Speaker Newt Gingrich, "increasing the number of H1B visas will effectively guarantee industry access to highly skilled employees who will contribute to the remarkable growth and innovation that has historically characterized this sector of the American economy."
Sir I beg you to recognize which body is getting preferential treatment with this bill: The industry's access to employees has taken precedence over "American employees' access to industry (and jobs)." The qualified workers ALREADY exist in this country, and by allowing industry to step over Americans to hire employees from abroad is slapping the "American Dream" in the face.
Before taking action on this bill I would strongly suggest you demand verifiable PROOF from industry leaders that they are TRYING to fill their needs with American employees FIRST. Force them to demonstrate the entire "interview process" that leads the industry to look for qualified employees elsewhere.
Additionally, exactly what tax loopholes does this bill afford "the industry" by allowing them to hire immigrants over Americans?
I repeat, sir, PLEASE oppose this bill and redirect the industry to examine their own hiring and interviewing practices. Hundreds of highly-qualified individuals in our own district, specificially trained for IT positions, are trying to get the jobs they're trained to perform and are being forced to work in fields totally unrelated to their training and backgrounds. Please, sir, DO NOT WASTE the talents we have by allowing industry to systematically disqualify the American applicants for these jobs!
Macon Georgia 31204