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Below, Rob Sanchez lists 10 nearly identical editorials in support of
exempting foreign workers with U.S. graduate degrees from the H-1B cap.
As I've explained before, this is no coincidence. I believe there have
been more.

Industry lobbyists make appointments to meet with newspaper editorial
boards, and present their case. The boards say, "Hmm, that sounds
reasonable"--and it DOES sound reasonable, because the lobbyists are
paid big bucks to make it sound reasonable--and then they write the
editorial. Then when the industry lobbyists visit congressional
offices, they say, "Look at all these newspapers which support this

Many times I've urged the organizations which oppose the H-1B program to
do their own meeting with newspaper editorial boards. I don't believe
there is even one instance in which they've done so. For the life of
me, I can't understand why they won't act.



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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 12:12:40 -0700
From: "H1BNews" <>
Subject: Sacramento Bee Joins the Shortage Shouters

by Rob Sanchez
July 29, 2004 - No. 1065

The Sacrament Bee has now joined the list of editorial shortage
shouters who want to raise the yearly cap on H-1Bs by exempting
foreigners who graduate from our universities. Estimates are that the
number of H-1Bs would be increased by about 20,000 a year.

[This list is compiled as I confirm newspaper editorials that are
shortage shouting. Hopefully I will find one that is against raising
the H-1B limit so I can start another list.]

July 29, 2004 Sacramento Bee
July 16, 2004 Wall Street Journal
July 10, 2004 Dallas Morning News
July 7, 2004 Missouri Springfield News
June 26, 2004 Lakeland Florida Ledger
June 26, 2004 Orlando Sentinel
June 6, 2004 Denver Post
June 6, 2004 Rocky Mountain News
May 30, 2004 Boston Globe
May 31, 2004 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Editorial: Resist xenophobia

Despite 9/11, continue talent pipeline

Published 2:15 am PDT Thursday, July 29, 2004
Pressure to restrict immigration after the 9/11 attacks is undermining
the U.S. tradition of attracting, educating and retaining talent
This country has been a magnet for talented foreign students who attend
U.S. universities and then stay to become integral players in the U.S.
science and technology marketplace. For example, "stay rates" of
foreign students between 1994 and 1999 were 63 percent overall - 73
percent in the physical sciences, 66 percent in mathematics and 81
percent in computers and electrical engineering.

Those who stay make their contribution here; those who return to their
home countries become "good-will ambassadors" for the United States.

Now all that is threatened.

Since 9/11, talented students from abroad have found it more difficult
to get visas to attend universities in the United States, causing
abrupt declines in foreign enrollments. That talent now is being
siphoned off to other places such as Canada, Australia, Europe, Russia
and Asia.

For those who do manage to get student visas, it's now more difficult
to get H-1B visas to work and then to get a green card for residency.
The six-year limit of the H-1B visa used to be plenty of time to
acquire permanent residence. No more. Delays and backlogs are rampant.
So we lose talent to other countries.

Originally, there were no limits on the number of H-1 visas for
educated professionals. In 1990, however, Congress established a cap of
65,000 a year on the H-1B visa. A key measure protected existing
American wages by requiring that holders of H-1B visas have to be paid
the prevailing wage within the industry, or the prevailing company wage
if it's higher than the prevailing wage in the industry. The cap
expanded to 195,000 for 2001, 2002 and 2003 - but returned to 65,000
this year. The visas ran out by mid-February. The United States needs a
more realistic cap.

A bill before Congress (HR 4166) would exempt from the 65,000 cap up to
20,000 foreign graduates of U.S. universities with a master's degree or
higher. That way, California, for example, could hold onto foreign
nationals who account for more than 47 percent of engineering masters'
degrees and 55 percent of engineering PhDs from California
universities. While not ideal, this is better than the current 65,000
cap. Congress should reject bills that eliminate all H-1B visas.

Even as we battle terrorism, do we want to continue to draw talented
people to the United States for education, work and residency? Or do we
want to retreat to a fortress America? The latter only sends talent and
jobs overseas. Congress should support legislation, including HR 4166,
that allows foreign professionals educated in the United States to work
and establish residency.

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