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Act Now to Stop Harmful Immigration Provisions in Proposed Stimulus Bill


Feb 11, 2009

There are harmful immigration provisions in the stimulus package (H.R.1) passed by the House and Senate that must be stripped from the final package. These immigration related provisions have no place in the economic stimulus package. It will do nothing to stimulate the U.S. economy, instead it will hinder our economic recovery.

One provision would prevent U.S. employers who received TARP funds from accessing H-1B visas by forcing employers to demonstrate additional requirements currently used for H-1B dependent employers. This would prevent U.S. Banks receiving TARP funds from accessing highly skilled, professional foreign talent that would allow them to stay competitive in the global marketplace. Businesses who are trying to recover financially must have access to specialty skills inside our country so that they can keep their business in the U.S. Otherwise, the entire nationís economic recovery will be severely hobbled.

The other provision would mandate the use of the E-Verify program for businesses and other entities that receive funding through the stimulus bill. Mandatory implementation of the E-Verify system, especially to businesses who are not prepared to implement this flawed basic program, will delay use of stimulus funds, hurt millions of workers and hamstring businesses, especially during this economic crisis.

Tell the bill conferees to strip the anti-stimulative provisions from the stimulus bill! Let them know that you oppose these harmful immigration related amendments.

Call WEDNESDAY (2/11) and THURSDAY (2/12)

Senator Daniel Inouye: 202-224-3934 - http://inouye.senate.gov/abtform.html

Senator Max Baucus: 202-224-2651 - http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue

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