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Dear Editor:

Before we get too carried away with the intoxication of more H-1B numbers, we would do well to remember that the fundamental problem, namely the need to expand the immigrant quotas themselves, remains unaddressed. The demand for EB-visas from India and China is so great that the excess from other nations will not be enough. When all of this surplus is sucked up, will we then see the Visa Office reimpose cut-off dates but this time for the whole world? How long will EB-visas from other countries go unused if the vacuum cleaner of India and China is turned up full blast? No, I am not ungrateful for more H-1B visas but the new law only deals with the per-country limits as a brake on immigration. The truth is that, even with this restraint removed, the demand for EB visas will continue to rise as long as the economy does, and nothing in the new law deals with this in an open and honest fashion. Does the new H-1B bill simply transfer the problem of waiting lists to everyone else? If not now, how long will it be before this happens? To prevent it from happening, watch how slowly and carefully China and India will move forward in the months to come. Those who think these backlogs will magically vanish overnight are going to be sadly disappointed. There is simply no immigration reform on the cheap.

Gary Endelman