House passes Chaffetz immigration bill removing caps on work visas

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  • Jumpyman Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    TO WRZ and Mr. Bean,

    Perhaps you don't understand that bringing in legal high-end immigrants allows us to bring more money into the country to create jobs. I work for an Austrailan company here in the US but my boss who is the CEO of the company cannot get a Visa to work here in the US. We have many projects that we are working on that will grow the company and create high-paying jobs, but because of the delays in getting a visa we are delayed in our projects. My company brings millions of dollars or Austrailian money here into the US. All or our operations are here and most of the money we make also stays here in the US to pay employees and create more jobs.

  • marcamus goochland, va
    Dec. 1, 2011 8:45 a.m.

    This is a great step forward. This bill will not harm the unemployed, quite the opposite. This bill is aimed at easing immmigration wait times for individuals who will benefit the U.S. and who will create jobs.

    For instance, wait times for advanced degree holders from India and China many of whom have been determined to be in the National Interest of the United States who have demonstrated past substantial benefits from their research and work will now have their wait times changed from 7-10 years down to hopefully a year. These individuals have demonstrated their tremendous future benefit to our country and should be given every incentive to stay. Other industrialized countries are fighting for these individual economic generators which is why we absolutely needed this bill.

    The demographics most affected by this bill will be Indians and Chinese not Latinos. However, demographics should not matter unless of course you do not like or are afraid of other races. To try and start a commentary on other demographics overcoming certain demographics shows fear and perhaps even racism.

  • Mr. Bean Salt Lake, UTah
    Dec. 1, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    @John C. C.:

    "I am very grateful that a Utah elected official has finally done something in support of legal immigration."

    We don't need immigration right now, legal or otherwise. We currently have 15 million unemployed Americans who are sucking dry the unemployment fund. They should be off their duffs and of the house working... doing anything, any job that will bring home a paycheck so they can get off unemployment. The government is broke, we have no money to pay people for sitting home on a 99 week paid vacation.

  • wrz Salt Lake, UTah
    Dec. 1, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    "... thousands of foreigners are approved each year to enter the country as legal permanent residents, some sponsored by employers who need their skills..."

    We don't need skilled employees from other nations around the world. We have enough here at home. This country is where the world's innovations begin. Not overseas. And certainly not in Latin America. Further, skilled people, if such there be in other countries, should stay home to help bring up their own economies up.

    In addition, phasing out caps would have a tendency for immigrants from certain countries to disrupt the ethnic/racial balance in the US. As it now stands, projections indicate Hispanics are overwhelming this nation and will eventually become the dominant ethnicity, replacing the WASP. This country needs to avoid becoming an appendage of Mexico. We need more immigrants from European countries to maintain balance.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    I am very grateful that a Utah elected official has finally done something in support of legal immigration. Up to now candidates claimed they were in support of "legal immigration" only as code for being harsh with the undocumented. Thank you, Rep. Chaffetz, for leading the way.

    Sooner or later we must also address the issue of how much and when to increase the overall number of visas. That is also a way of supporting legal immigration.

  • dferg Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    I think this sounds like a move in the right direction. Notice the terminology in the aticle: it specifically, and frequently, reiterates the fact that this impacts "legal" immigration.

    Perhaps with it now being easier to legally immigrate to the U.S., the pro-illegal immigrant crowd can stop using the worn-out mantra that the illegals only come here illegally because it is so difficult to come here legally. More likely, they'll just replace it with another pseudo-excuse......

    Good job, Jason; it's clear that you not only have Utah's best interests at heart, but the nation's as well. Certainly doing better than the long-time D.C. fixtures that can't seem to do anything except vote on names for post offices.

  • UtahVoter Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    This is a great step in the right direction and I applaud Chaffetz for sponsoring it. It's still too bad that we're so unquestioning as a nation about our new "scarcity mentality" and the fact that we've changed so much from being a 'land of freedom and opportunity for all who are willing to come' (like it was when most of our ancestors came - let's be honest) to a 'land of limited freedom and limited opportunity that we make available to those already wealthy and/or highly educated'.