The Obama administration is pulling out all stops to increase illegal immigration
Connect the dots! Based on the Obama EO on 11/20, it is obvious he had no intention of waiting until 2015 to reward the lawbreakers. He had his agencies make the policy changes to maximize the number of illegals he would ‘pardon.’ DOL: increase # of allowed H1B Visas, change status of perm records to temp and destroy after 5 years (according to the EO, anyone who has been here more than five years can stay); Immigration Services broadened the definition of mother to those who claim to be a surrogate.
For one, the gov’t wants to add 15,000 H1B Visas, raising the number from 85,000 to 100, 000.
They also just made it harder for employers and researchers to find and track foreign workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor implemented a new policy to destroy H1B records after five years. The thing is, those records were classified as permanent. For some reason, the DOL changed the records’ status to temporary, thus the five year limitation.
When you consider that in 2008 21 percent of H-1B visas granted originate from fraudulent applications or applications with technical violations, this is disturbing. It means that 21,000 potential visas can go to people in the U.S. based on a fraud.
According to Neil Ruiz, who researches visa issues for The Brookings Institution:
“These are the only publicly available records for researchers to analyze on the demand by employers for H-1B visas with detail information on work locations…”
Those researchers find the decision to make H-1B records “temporary” a perplexing one, especially as H-1B visa-holders can stay in the United States for as long as six years, with the possibility of further extensions under certain circumstances. In theory, a current H-1B holder could see his or her records destroyed before completing a stay.
Also, the system that holds the Labor Condition Applications used by prospective H-1B employers, has been shut down. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification will “no longer respond to inquiries to search for records in response to FOIA requests, or provide information for requests for duplicate certifications for LCA applications processed in the LCA Online System.”
The debate over H-1B visas is an emotional one for many U.S. tech workers. In order to help debunk myths and offer an accurate picture of the program’s effects, researchers need as much data as possible—a goal that the federal government just made much harder.