Senate Could take up Bill to Increase Guest Worker Visas Today

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Scott Brown (R-MA) are trying to get legislation to the Senate floor this week that would add at least 10,500 annual guest worker visas for Irish nationals. This bill, an amended version of S.1983, would double the number of E-3 visa holders to the U.S. each year. The number of workers brought into the country could grow exponentially once an unlimited number of visas are handed out to the spouses and children (up to the age of 21) of these visa holders.

This legislation not only hurts Americans because it brings in more guest workers at a time of high unemployment, it represents terrible immigration policy because it carves out a special rule for one particular nationality. Moreover, to qualify for this visa, aliens would need to meet only nominal requirements. The legislation, as amended, only requires visa recipients to have two years of work experience in a particular field, OR to have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent. Employers are not required to look for U.S. workers first before sponsoring an E-3 visa holder.

The U.S. should NOT add an additional 10,500 guest workers to compete with the already 13 million unemployed Americans seeking jobs. Furthermore, Congress should not be in the business of carving out special rules for members of a single nationality. Congress should draft immigration law so that it is uniform in application and is blind to the home country of an alien applicant.

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    Jerrys right we need to vote these people out. Email everyone you know to get on board and support FAIR. Call or email your states Senater, The White house and everyone you can think of, That can help with the situation at hand. UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL! GOD HELP US!

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    I thought I had remembered reading that Irish illegal aliens in the U.S.would be eligible to fill these positions. I suppose that I must be remembering wrong or the bill has been modified. I am against more immigrants (whith our high unemployment rate) regardless of w hich country they are fro,

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      Tired Of Illegal Aliens on

      That is a question for:
      Tyson Foods,
      Chamber of Commerce,
      Dictator Obama,
      Your elected officials from local to state to federal, and
      Your fellow Americans (friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, etc.)!

      Please continue exploiting these anti-American employers! Where is this plant located? I know Tyson has done this exact thing just north of Amarillo and Dumas, Texas! Haitians galore!

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    This is unbeleivable while we wait for the subcommittee immigration policy & enformcement to RELEASE S 723 Birthright citizenship to have 1 parent of US. We get these bills passed right to the floor to vote. NO BODY IS WORKING FOR THE TAXPAYER> Could the last business to leave, turn out the lights. Get rid of all these DISHONEST BUMS!!!!

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    Lets vote these politicians out that want to ruin America.We can get rid of the rotten apples in congress.Vote the bombs out.

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    Thanks for the news about the latest version of E-3 for the Irish. Can you give me a link to the most recent text of the bill?