What say you, the Displaced American?
Again, to be very clear, we would like to make the following points:
- It literally took multiple years (2010-2011) to carefully negotiate the language of the per-country bill with multiple stakeholders including business community, Tech Companies, Chamber of Commerce, Family based Immigration Groups, and both, Democrats and Republicans.
- Any changes to the bill that has 317+ co-sponsors outside of a must-pass bill like DACA will re-trigger these lengthy negotiations and could easily take us into the next Congress or most likely much further.
- We believe all these shenanigans are being done to sabotage the Per-country bill by shady Indian consulting companies which we have been told have given money to this partisan group.
- If any immigration advocacy for high-skilled immigrants is done under the “Democratic” or “Republican” banner – then instantly the HR.392 becomes political and we will be stuck in the same legislative black-hole that all other immigration issues are stuck in. We have worked very hard to keep HR.392 non-political and build the support we need to get to the point where adding HR.392 to a must-pass bill is a realistic possibility.
- The term “DALCA” (Deferred Action for Legal Childhood Arrivals) is nonsensical and offensive to significant number of Democrats and Republicans in Washington. The people in the United States with legal status do not need any kind of “Deferred Action”. We think the term “DALCA” is deliberately designed to offend DACA supporters (which include Democrats and many Republicans). Nothing can pass outside of Comprehensive Immigration Reform without bi-partisan support. Offending DACA supporters and turning them against H.R.392 is exactly the strategy that our opponents are pursuing to make sure our members remain indentured servants for the rest of their lives. Which is why we need you to get smart – reject and denounce these dirty tricks which will cause us to have less support for our bill to remove per-country limits.
- If you get injured in an accident and your leg is broken, wiping the blood off your skin will not fix the broken leg. Likewise, visa stamping, visa renewals and now this DALCA is superficial to the underlying problem caused by per-country limits. Just as you cannot fix your broken leg by wiping the blood off, exactly the same way, talking about DALCA type of made up terms will not fix the underline problem. You have to be smart and mature to focus on the root cause of the problem.
- The fact is no other changes are possible to the system now if a simple bill like H.R.392 with 317+ bipartisan cosponsors cannot pass. And that is the only way to get relief for skilled immigrants stuck in backlogs outside of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which is not likely to happen for the foreseeable future (maybe next 6-8 years).
- If this partisan group wants to help, they can help the community by using their alleged connections with President Trump to save the H4-EAD program. The partisan group can do so, by asking President Trump to order DHS to abandon their attempts to eliminate the H4-EAD program – this is something one would hope they would do, but they haven’t done. And that should underscore the fact that having pictures with someone means nothing if that does not translate into real outcome.