Republican leaders are expected to drop a political stinker on President Donald Trump by mid-December: a donor-backed amendment that would allow investors to import more college-graduates from India to take jobs now held by American college graduates. The GOP amendment would offer fast-track citizenship to 300,000 Indian college graduate contract workers — as well as 300,000 of their family members. Once they visa workers get green cards, they can compete for white collar jobs nationwide. The beneficiaries also include 50,000 Chinese visa workers, according to DHS data.
Yoder’s amendment is a copy of the House H.R. 392 bill. The companion bill in the Senate is S.281, which Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee is pushing. “Over 100 lobbyists worked on the original H.R. 392 bill, representing companies like Microsoft, Texas Instruments, IBM, Amazon, and Bangalore-based tech-giant Infosys LTD,” according to a report by OpenSecrets.org, a site that tracks political donations and lobbying. The list includes Amazon, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.
The pressure for the Yoder amendment is coming from Silicon Valley’s progressive executives who loudly endorse and fund Democrat candidates even as they gain from the GOP’s tax bill and Trump’s face-off with China.