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.)