Trustee Election
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  • GUEST WORKERS
  • IMMIGRANT AMNESTY
  • IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
Winning Issue » GUEST WORKERS


Many employers claim there is a shortage of workers in our nation. They say industries such as agriculture, nursing and the service industries have job openings that cannot be filled by U.S. citizens. They claim this labor shortage will hurt our global competitiveness and inhibit innovation and job growth. Guest workers are one solution to this problem. Under guest worker programs, people of foreign origin are temporarily invited into our country to work. Many employers say our policies should encourage the legal flow of high and low-skilled workers to keep our country competitive. The L-1 (inner-company transfers of foreign managers/executives) and H-1B (temporary employment of foreign workers in specialty occupations) are non-immigrant visa classifications. Guest worker opponents claim these programs are being exploited by employers who import guest workers for a certain job then transfer these workers to unapproved jobs, taking positions that Americans could fill. They also say guest workers often remain here illegally after their work permit expires.

Members of Congress are now debating whether the H-1B temporary visa program is complementing American workers or displacing them. Each year, about 85,000 H-1B visas are awarded to foreigners with advanced science or computer skills and hired by U.S. firms who claim they cannot find similarly-skilled American workers. Critics say many companies have replaced American workers with cheaper H-1B immigrants from to India, cutting labor costs by 25% to 50%. Disney fired 250 employees and replaced them with H-1B immigrant workers - after requiring the Americans to train their replacements before leaving. Southern California Edison replaced 540 technology workers while hiring two Indian firms for much of the work. In 2013, 350 tech workers were laid off by Northeast Utilities after many of these employees had trained H-1B replacements to do their jobs.

Former employees claim many immigrants who arrived were not highly-skilled technicians and were paid minimum wage. Many had limited data skills, did not speak English fluently, and had to be instructed in the basics of the work. Employers such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft repeatedly press for increases in annual H-1B visa quotas, but advocates say there is no evidence of demand for more workers in these fields, saying our schools continue to graduate STEM students who cannot find work. Currently, there is no requirement for companies to recruit U.S. workers or advertise job openings before hiring H-1B guest workers.


Pending Legislation:
S.181 - Startup Act



Options


  • I oppose reforming current guest worker policy and wish to defeat S.181 - Startup Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support establishing an H-2C nonimmigrant visa for an alien having a residence in a foreign country which he or she has no intention of abandoning and who is coming temporarily to the United States to perform agricultural labor or services; extending to these workers basic legal protections and better working conditions; prohibiting the admission of these worker’s spouses and children; offering financial incentives for workers to return home upon expiration of their visas, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.1773 - Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support conditional permanent resident status for up to 50,000 aliens who have earned a master's or doctorate degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field (STEM field) and permit such an alien to remain in the United States: (1) for up to one year after the expiration of the alien's student visa, if the alien is searching for STEM field employment; and (2) indefinitely if the alien remains actively engaged in a STEM field; removing a STEM alien's conditional status after five years of maintaining eligibility during the entire five-year period; issuing conditional immigrant visas to up to 75,000 qualified alien entrepreneurs; eliminating the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based visas; increasing the per country numerical limitation for family based immigrants from 7% to 15% of the total number of family-sponsored visas, and wish to Pass S.181 - Startup Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) and/or Sen. Jerry Morgan (KS), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support sponsoring a bill requiring companies to recruit American workers or advertise job openings before hiring H-1B guest workers; requiring H-1B workers to be certified and compensated at levels equal to the local average wage for their occupation; and increasing penalties for companies which provide or hire H-1B workers which displace American workers, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support establishing an H-2C nonimmigrant visa for an alien having a residence in a foreign country which he or she has no intention of abandoning and who is coming temporarily to the United States to perform agricultural labor or services; extending to these workers basic legal protections and better working conditions; prohibiting the admission of these worker’s spouses and children; offering financial incentives for workers to return home upon expiration of their visas, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.1773 - Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.1773 - AG Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, NGA will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for migrant workers who enter the U.S. on temporary visas through the U.S. guestworker program.

NGA is a membership organization of guestworkers. It advocates for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who enter the United States every year on temporary visas through the U.S. guestworker program. NGA states that guestworkers work in critical industries, from landscaping to construction to education, are often employed in deeply exploitative conditions that frequently rise to the level of forced labor and involuntary servitude. Its members organize in labor camps across the United States to win collective dignity at work. NGA is building national power to win fairness in the terms of migration. It also partners with local workers—employed and unemployed—to strengthen U.S. social movements for racial and economic justice.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020