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CRS Report On Side-By-Side Immigration Proposals
The Congressional Research Service issued a memorandum, including a comparison table of selected provisions on permanent and temporary between S. 2611, H.R. 4437, and current law.


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Dear Editor:
To clarify Mr. Murray's letter (8/30/06 ID) my comments that H-1 was "split into H-1A and H-1B" in 1990 was an attempt to simplify the following: H-1A was created in 1989 by the Nursing Relief Act of 1989, Pub. L. No. 101-238, 103 Stat 2099 (Dec. 18, 1989). The caps were imposed and H-1B was redefined as a "specialty occupation" rather than a "profession" by the Immigration Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-649, 104 Stat. 4978 (Nov. 29, 1990). H-1A was repealed by P.L. 106-95, Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 1999. Also, if I recall correctly, H-2 was not split in 1990 as Mr. Murray's letter suggests but rather by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), Pub. L. No. 99-603, 100 Stat. 3359.

Eugene J. Flynn, Esq.
Dallas, TX

Dear Editor:
With respect to R.L. Ranger's (08/30/06 ID) letter, many of my letters have said that reasonable people can disagree over immigration levels, enforcement and other aspects of immigration policy without necessarily getting into issues of race. However, we also have to be honest with ourselves as a nation. Does anyone seriously believe that there would be such a hue and cry over either illegal or legal immigration if most immigrants today were Irish, Italian or Scandinavian instead of Latin American, Asian or Caribbean? Clearly, not every restrictionist is a racist. Some restrictionists sincerely believe that our great country and (for the moment) booming economy do not have the resources to absorb more immigrants. I respect their views, even though I believe that those views are shortsighted and misguided. Moreover, all of us agree that there have to be limits somewhere. But to claim that that the entire restrictionist movement is free of racism, to use euphemisms, code phrases and buzzwords such as "culture," "sovereignty", "English only" and "Western Civilization", or to talk about meaningless events such as the sack of Rome in relation to 21st Century immigration, when one's real meaning is "No Way, Jose" (to use Patrick Buchanan's slogan from his 2000 presidential campaign) is in itself a form of racism.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Roger Algase letter's attempt to differentiate (8/30/06 ID) between white "influence" and white "supremacy" is a distinction without much difference. Previous letters have railed against "white Europeans". The advocation of diversity by non-whites for any reason is not only "social engineering", but fits at least one definition of racist which is, "discrimination or prejudice based on race" according to dictionary.com. My comment about returning to the pre-1965 era for entry guidelines had more to do with the limits and national origin quotas, rather than racial mix. I would imagine that early America was as diverse as other nations of this era, if not more so. Today, we are much more diverse than most. If any now are so concerned about national race supremacy, they would find much more fertile ground for their advocacy in China, Japan and many other cultures. I don't ever recall agreeing that HR 4437 would amount to, "draconian measures that would create a climate of terror", although those who have profited and taken advantage of our lax entry policies for so long might consider it such as any opportunists or lawbreakers would. A serious will to reduce numbers and to enforce existing and needed entry law is long overdue for US, and the majority of Americans have expressed this. Excessive legal and illegal, unassimilated immigration today is a serious burden and amounts to theft of the birthright of American citizens.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
Mr. Flynn's letter (08/29/06 ID) noted that the free market in regard to H1-B worked well from 1952 to 1990, but ignores the fact that in 1990, the H1-B dramatically changed to allow dual intent and effectively abolished the "free market". It is this change, which allows companies to use the promise of a green card to control H1-Bs, which is the source of many of the complaints about the program. If anyone else wants the elimination of caps, then we should restore the free market by going back to the requirement that H1-B visas are purely temporary. The letters of Mr. Lachter and Mr. Flynn are also disingenuous in denying the results of the Government Accountability Office report on H1-B which found widespread fraud in the program. Then, too, Norm Matloff has noted that the laws concerning H1-B have gaping holes, such as allowing the employer to determine how it calculates the prevailing wage, and dropping the requirement that Americans be given preference in hiring and layoffs. For that matter, recent lawsuits are now focusing on advertising by firms which is specifically targeting would-be H1-Bs, while not even pretending to be looking for Americans on the basis that such ads are discriminatory against Americans.

Ali Alexander


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