HR1044, S386 Voting on Senate Floor – Judiciary Committee Hearing

HR1044 + S386 Mike Lee did not attempt unanimous voting on Oct 31. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin block is acitve. Lee did not accept Durbin;s request for Judiciary committee hearing.

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  By Am22tech      Updated  13 Nov, 19


Update Nov 13, 2019 – Durbin Bats for DACA, Not H4

Durbin has aggressively batted for DACA dreamers rights and their path to citizenship in Senate today. He wants to pass DACA dreamer act before supreme court decides their fate.

His emotional speech only talks about dreams of children who are undocumented. His heart goes out to ‘dreamers’ who would need to leave US after being raised in US! The tears were almost about to drop to pick up votes!

He completely ignored H4 children who came to US legally! This clearly shows what a politician cares for; a vote bank!

Durbin Sticks to His Act

Senator Dick Durbin is not showing any change of mind and pushed for his own RELIEF act for unanimous consent today. As expected, his UC request was blocked by senator from North Carolina.

The Carolina senator did suggest Durbin to work out a compromise with Lee’s bill as S386 has 35 senator support at this time and has better chances of approval than his own RELIEF act.

Lee Will Work with Durbin

Mike Lee did NOT attempt a unanimous vote call in Senate on Oct 31 as was anticipated. He also said that he does not support Durbin’s call for Judicial hearing on S386 bill.

Senator Mike Lee ended his speech for S386 on Oct 31 by saying that he will work with Senator Durbin to reach a common ground but without a judicial hearing.

Mike Lee’s answer to Senator Durbin’s call for Judicial Committee Hearing:

Judiciary Committee Hearing

Senator Durbin tried to pass his own bill S2603 in Senate with Unanimous consent, allegedly, just to stop S386 move forward.

Durbin is trying to change the goal post and is asking for increasing number of green cards, which will possibly never happen.

He is also asking for a judicial committee hearing that he already originally co-sponsored in 2011. At this time, Durbin is requesting Mike Lee to send a letter to ask for Judicial hearing. Lee has not agreed yet.

As per ImmigrationVoice, Durbin already had this committee meeting in 2011. Asking for same meeting again shows the intent to delay the process rather than help remove the country limits.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Supports S386

After Durbin blocked S386, Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted in favor of Green card country based limits removal bill. This is a welcome gesture and means a lot for the skilled immigrant community.

Dick Durbin Blocks Unanimous Vote

Senator Mike Lee introduced the Green card limit removal bill for Unanimous consent voting again on Oct 17 and as widely expected, Senator Dick Durbin blocked it again with his demands of increasing the total number of green cards!

Sad day. The chances of removing the country limits are going down every day.

On the other hand, Dick put up his own bill S2603 for unanimous vote and was blocked by Mike Lee! The tit for tat continues.

Durbin suggested to take this deadlock to committee of immigration to talk and reach a compromise. Mike Lee did agree but had inhibitions that it will bring any benefit.

The next step: S386 is in limbo again and would wait for judiciary committee hearing. No timeline is available.

The crux of the matter is that Durbin just wants to block the bill without negotiation and S386 may not pass anytime in near future. The same is echoed by well known immigration lawyer Leon Frisco.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin RELIEF Act

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is still against S386. He is pushing for an idea where he wants to remove backlog for people who have been waiting for at-least 5 years for their US green cards through his own RELIEF act.

Durbin did recognize the demonstration by Indian crowd at one of his democrats breakfast meeting on Sunday morning. He gave away the number of Indians waiting in GC backlog as 5,20,000 (half million).

He used an example of Indian child’s ageing out as an example in his speech to promote his own RELIEF act which asks for increasing total number of green cards.

This is probably not going to happen unless the Trump’s merit based plan becomes a law. Durbin’s unanimous consent voting attempt on Oct 16 for his S2603 RELIEF act was blocked as expected.

Mike Lee has requested to keep calling Dick Durbin in his Washington DC office at 202-224-2152 to bring him on-board.

Mike Lee Convinced David Perdue

Earlier on Sep 19, 2019, Green card country limit removal did not pass the Senate as a new hold was placed by Geogia Senator with objections on the language in the bill.

Lee convinced Perdue after modifications to the language and was confident of passing vote in his live video (watch from 30:00) published on Sep 25.

Posted by United States Senator Mike Lee on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The non-Indian and non-Chinese lobbyists are pushing their Senators to vote against it.

S386 Bernie Sanders Poll

Last week, the social media was abuzz with Bernie Sander’s office number for calling and saying ‘yes’ for S386. People spread the news that Bernie has set up a poll.

The actual call is going directly to his office (+1-202 224 5141) and real people are taking your “Support” or “Opposition” choice for S386.

Unanimous Consent Voting

Earlier on Sep 19, Mike Lee tried to pass the H.R.1044/S.386 – The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act with Unanimous Consent (UC).

Senators Mike Lee and Kamala Harris had negotiated a deal with Senator Paul to find a reasonable compromise. Rand Paul had placed a block on the S386 bill earlier citing concerns of visa availability for health care workers.

Senator Rand Paul Agreement

Senator Paul has agreed to remove his hold on the S386 bill now with a clause to have fixed quota of 5k green cards for Schedule-A jobs which includes Healthcare workers.

The fixed quota will remain applicable for next 9 years which is probably the time frame that is expected to take to clear Indian and Chinese backlogs.

These workers currently receive around 5,000 green cards every year anyway and this agreement to reserve their seats after removing country based green card limit will be fair for all parties including Indian and Chinese workers.

Indian GC Priority Date Movement

The 150 year US green card wait times for tax-paying skilled immigrants from India and China will be reduced to 10 year if the bill becomes law by end of 2019.

As per my estimation, the Indian green card EB1, EB2 and EB3 dates should get current up-to Sep 2014 immediately if the bill passes.

The rest of the PD dates after Sep 2014 will get current in subsequent 4 years.

As per my own estimate, the PD dates from Sep 2014 to Sep 2016 should get current by Oct 2023 and so on.

Once the backlog of people waiting in queue from 2009 till today is cleared, the new applicants with i140 approval from 2020 onward should expect to get Green card within a year as it happens for other countries today.

President Sign After Senate Approval

We will update this page as and when the combined HR 1044 and S386 is voted and passes the Senate.

The next step after Senate voting will be president signature before the 7% country of birth limits are permanently removed.

We do expect friction and opposition from other countries who are used to get green card within 6 to 12 months at this time. Iran’s native have been teaming up and have been quite vocal about the country limit removal in recent past.

We hope that the law passes and makes the system fair for all countries irrespective of their size, skills and color. The green card should be awarded on the first come first served basis rather than country of birth.

It would be interesting to see how Trump administration reacts to this bill if it passes Senate this week. Trump has already geared up to make the idea of merit based immigration a front runner topic for his election speeches.

The removal of country based limits would be a welcome step in that direction. The more merit based green cards means more income taxes and balance of wages in the economy.

The current H1B workers who are sometimes exploited by their employer would be able to negotiate better salaries. The american workers will also not face a replacement considering the fact that H1B worker may also demand the same salary as any other US citizen worker.

Call Your Senator

The green card country limit removal bill #HR1044 has never reached this stage before. It would be demoralizing for thousands of workers if it does not pass the Senate now.

Call your Senator to vote for it now. Voting may happen on Sep 19. This may be the LAST CHANCE before elections.

You can use this small script to convince your state senator to vote for HR1044 and S386:

👉 Tell your personal GC story/H4EAD Issue/ Aged-out kids
👉 Requesting Senator to Cosponsor bill S386 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019.
👉 On July 10th House of Representatives passed S386 companion bill H.R.1044 with a thumping 365 bipartisan votes. It is now in Senate.
👉 Please cosponsor and vote YES to bill S.386. Thank You!

One of our guest compiled the list of senator for your convenience:

AlabamaRichard Shelby (R)(202) 224-5744
AlaskaDan Sullivan (R)(202) 224-3004
ArkansasJohn Boozman (R)(202) 224-4843
CaliforniaDianne Feinstein (D)(202) 224-3841
ConnecticutRichard Blumenthal (D)(202) 224-2823
ConnecticutChris Murphy (D)(202) 224-4041
FloridaMarco Rubio (R)(202) 224-3041
FloridaRick Scott (R)(202) 224-5274
GeorgiaJohnny Isakson (R)(202) 224-3643
GeorgiaDavid Perdue (R)(202) 224-3521
HawaiiBrian Schatz (D)(202) 224-3934
HawaiiMazie Hirono (D)(202) 224-6361
IllinoisDick Durbin (D)(202) 224-2152
IowaChuck Grassley (R)(202) 224-3744
KansasPat Roberts (R)(202) 224-4774
KentuckyMitch Mcconnell (R)(202) 224-2541
KentuckyRand Paul (R)(202) 224-4343
LouisianaBill Cassidy (R)(202) 224-5824
LouisianaJohn Neely Kennedy (R)(202) 224-4623
MaineAngus King (I)(202) 224-5344
MarylandBen Cardin (D)(202) 224-4524
MarylandChris Van Hollen (D)(202) 224-4654
MassachusettsElizabeth Warren (D)(202) 224-4543
MassachusettsEd Markey (D)(202) 224-2742
MichiganDebbie Stabenow (D)(202) 224-4822
MichiganGary Peters (D)(202) 224-6221
MississippiCindy Hyde-Smith (R)(202) 224-5054
MissouriJosh Hawley (R)(202) 224-6154
MontanaJon Tester (D)(202) 224-2644
MontanaSteve Daines (R)(202) 224-2651
NebraskaDeb Fischer (R)(202) 224-6551
NebraskaBen Sasse (R)(202) 224-4224
NevadaJacky Rosen (D)(202) 224-6244
New HampshireJeanne Shaheen (D)(202) 224-2841
New HampshireMaggie Hassan (D)(202) 224-3324
New JerseyBob Menendez (D)(202) 224-4744
New JerseyCory Booker (D)(202) 224-3224
New MexicoTom Udall (D)(202) 224-6621
New MexicoMartin Heinrich (D)(202) 224-5521
New YorkChuck Schumer (D)(202) 224-6542
New YorkKirsten Gillibrand (D)(202) 224-4451
North CarolinaRichard Burr (R)(202) 224-3154
North CarolinaThom Tillis (R)(202) 224-6342
OhioSherrod Brown (D)(202) 224-2315
OklahomaJim Inhofe (R)(202) 224-4721
PennsylvaniaBob Casey (D)(202) 224-6324
PennsylvaniaPat Toomey (R)(202) 224-4254
Rhode IslandJack Reed (D)(202) 224-4642
Rhode IslandSheldon Whitehouse (D)(202) 224-2921
South CarolinaLindsey Graham (R)(202) 224-5972
South CarolinaTim Scott (R)(202) 224-6121
South DakotaJohn Thune (R)(202) 224-2321
South DakotaMike Rounds (R)(202) 224-5842
TennesseeLamar Alexander (R)(202) 224-4944
TennesseeMarsha Blackburn (R)(202) 224-3344
TexasTed Cruz (R)(202) 224-5922
VermontPatrick Leahy (D)(202) 224-4242
VermontBernie Sanders (I)(202) 224-5141
VirginiaTim Kaine (D)(202) 224-4024
WashingtonPatty Murray (D)(202) 224-2621
West VirginiaJoe Manchin (D)(202) 224-3954
West VirginiaShelley Moore Capito (R)(202) 224-6472
WisconsinRon Johnson (R)(202) 224-5323
WyomingMike Enzi (R)(202) 224-3424
WyomingJohn Barrasso (R)(202) 224-6441


   2 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. Alpedrete
    Alpedrete 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    It says at the beginning that UC request is November 1. Source? I dont see that anywhere else, which makes me think this is a lie.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

      Its not a lie. It was a typing error. the UC attempt was supposed to happen on Oct 31 which did not happen as we have reported correctly. Will fix the Nov 1 date error.

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