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The Solution to H1B Shortage and How You Can Help

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Over the last week, we have explained the critical need for H1B visas and the amazing shortage we currently face for skilled workers.

We’ve also heard stories about H1B visas and the lives affected by the lottery system. We have identified the problem with numbers and facts. We have put a human face on the problem. Now we must solve the problem.

We believe the simplest next step is to encourage the House of Representatives to pass legislation increasing the cap of H1B Visas. Last year, the Senate, through a comprehensive immigration reform bill, chose to increase the amount of H1B visas in the first year from 65,000 to 110,000.

Additionally, the Senate bill allows the further increase of H1B Visas up to 180,000 per year – almost tripling the current amount! We would like the House of Representatives to follow suit and to pass a similar bill for H1B Visas.

Our best method to enact change is to let our Congressmen in the North Texas area know that we need their help in taking a lead to increase the number of H1B Visas. Our area has ten Congressmen representing us, and we are fortunate to have members who have the power to enact change – including Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who represents Southeast Dallas County and is in the House of Representatives Leadership.

By joining us tomorrow at the LAUNCH DFW/ FWD.us “Built By Immigrants” event, you will take the first step to helping change. When you check in tomorrow we will have an advocacy center set up and will ask you to help reach out to the North Texas delegation. We will ask you to sign a letter, which you can preview here.

If you are unable to attend but still want to help, you can also become a member of FWD.us and stay involved in the fight for immigration reform. FWD.us staffers will be showcasing their suite of digital tools at the event, including the story-sharing platform #BuiltByImmigrants and the constituent engagement tool #Selfies4Reform.

#BuiltByImmigrants allows you to contact Congress directly at the click of a button. In exchange for a simple advocacy step, FWD.us invites you to become a member of their Texas chapter and will keep you engaged on further efforts to support immigration reform.

Finally, we know this is not easy. Immigration reform takes on many shapes and means different things to many people and can be polarizing. It’s not easy to put out an appeal to help for a political issue – you don’t know who you might alienate. It’s not easy to use resources to plan an event solely to create awareness and action for something you will likely never see a financial gain.

But to quote JFK as he discussed going to the moon in Houston in 1962, we do these things, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard…because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept.”

We ask you to accept that challenge with us. We’ll see you tomorrow!

 

(Header image from FWD.us Facebook page.)

LAUNCH DFW Staff

Go team LAUNCH DFW!
  • Observer

    More whining from business about lack of low wage labor.

  • Another Observer

    Through friends I often see the issue two fold: 1. Shortage of visas and 2. lack of employers willing to sponsor due to the high cost and complexity involved.

  • allenfuller2

    Backstabbing the American worker. Shame on you! We need less H1B visas, not more.

  • allenfuller2

    Backstabbing the American worker. Shame! We need fewer H1B visas, not more.

    The average H1B visa immigrant is paid $10-15K less per year, and is basically an indentured servant because of their legal status, making it hard for them to change jobs to move up. I don’t blame the immigrant– far from it, I admire their hard work. But I blame business for exploiting them and for wanting to exploit even more at the expense of our own citizens who have suffered so much in this downturn.

    Put out-of-work Americans back to work instead!

  • Chirag

    Immigrants are “Americans” too.

  • gdwitt

    I graduated with a degree in IT with 2 programming certs. I can’t get an interview because I don’t have a MS, 4 more languages and “a minimum of 5 years of progressive experience” in IT.
    There is truly an IT labor shortage if you look at help-needed ads, but no ladders for even experienced grads.
    My only guess is that these openings are being filled with H1B workers from consulting firms.
    It’s a shame and a loss of 5 years and a large US student loan.