Congress opposed to DoL immigrant scientist rules change

Michael Holloway mhollowa at ic.sunysb.edu
Mon Jun 7 15:51:25 EST 1993


Since there was some interest here in the intent of the Department of Labor
to change immigration rules in response to the nonexistant shortage of PhD's
in this country (and even more interest in what was immediately taken to 
be xenophobia in connection to the issue) I'm forwarding this notice from 
the YSN digest:

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Date: Sun, 6 Jun 93 07:47:49 -0400
From: au195 at cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Dr. Gene A. Nelson)
To: ysn at zoyd.ee.washington.edu, Willia1153 at AOL.COM, fyi at aip.org,
Subject: Good News on DoL Pilot Program <<4>>

ABSTRACT: A news release from Representative John Bryant (TX) outlines
his objections to the DoL pilot program proposed to facilitate the
entry of foreign national scientists and engineers on the basis of a
claimed "shortage". His contact person, Carleton Carl attached a small
note saying "Incidentally, we hear that the program is going to be
rescinded." As a next step, each of us needs to contact Rep. Bryant
(and Reps. Ron Brown Jr., Chairman House Committee on Space, Science,
and Technology (202) 225 - 8772 (D-Calif.) and Collin C. Peterson -
Chairman Employment, Housing, and Aviation Subcommittee of Committee
on Government Operations (202) 225 - 5051 (D-Minn.)) with an
acknowledgement of Bryant's support and a request that hearings be
held ASAP on constructive utilization, as scientists and engineers, of
the glut of US scientists and engineers. Contact information is
provided, and a group letter will be forthcoming.  -
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Received June 4, 1993 by Gene Nelson, Ph.D.  Editor, Young
Scientists's Network 11200 Westborough Road #6 Parma Heights, OH 44130
(216) 884 - 0374

News Release: Congressman John Bryant
Date: May 21, 1993
Contact: Carlton Carl

412 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225 - 2231

Texas Local Office
8035 East R.L. Thornton
Dallas, TX 75228
(214) 767-6554

BRYANT OPPOSES GIVING AMERICAN JOBS TO FOREIGNERS

Texas Congressman John Bryant is actively opposing a proposal
initiated by the Bush Administration's Department of Labor (DoL) to
declare shortages of scientists, engineers, and computer programmers
in order to facilitate employer's hiring of foreign workers in these
fields.

"To suggest that there is a shortage of Americans ready, willing, and
able to be employed in these fields is ludicrous," said Congressman
Bryant, who called upon Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to abandon the
project. "This program, if not ended now, will result in the loss of
additional American jobs to foreign workers at a time when
unemployment remains at seven percent."

Congressman Bryant, a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee
on Immigration, has long opposed increasing legal immigration into the
United States and has advocated stronger measures to deter illegal
immigration.

"Every day, far too many American jobs are being exported overseas by
U.S. companies seeking to exploit cheap foreign labor or by the unfair
competition of foreign companies that has hurt American
manufacturing," Congressman Bryant said.

"It would be a slap in the faces of unemployed American workers for
our government to declare official shortages of American scientists
and engineers, which everyone knows do not exist, simply in order to
allow some employers to import cheap foreign workers, " Congressman
Bryant said.

"I have asked the Secretary of Labor and the Clinton Administration to
recognize this proposed program for what it is - -- an affront to
every working man and woman in America that would result in greater
unemployment and economic troubles for our country."

The proposal is part of a pilot program to determine employment needs.
A study commissioned by the Bush Administration's Department of Labor
indicated shortages of workers in science and engineering fields in 17
states, including Texas. The author of the study, however has
specifically said, "In no case did I find there was an overall
shortage throughout the country. The shortage indications are confined
to specific states."

Since it was first proposed, Congressman Bryant has opposed the pilot
program, which would expedite the legal immigration of certain workers
and shortcut the current system which requires an employer to prove
that it cannot locate a legal resident for a specific job.

In a letter to the Department of Labor, Congressman Bryant said, "What
we need is not another ad hoc program, but rather a thorough
examination of our nation's workforce requirements in this high tech,
highly competitive area. Such an examination should include not only
immigrant visa policy, but should also take a close look at the
policies behind, and administration and enforcement of, the various
nonimmigrant work-related visa programs as they affect U.S. employees
and employers."
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Please review the abstract above for your next step.
Representatives Brown and Peterson's address is House Office
Building, Washington DC 20515. Also, contact Edith Holleman,
Director Employment Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives.
(202) 225 - 6751



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