Last week U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., temporarily and single-handedly blocked a vote on legislation allowing Indian nationals to effectively monopolize the U.S. green card visa system for at least a decade. “(W)e have some language that needs to be clarified,” Perdue said. “I still have some concerns about the impact this legislation would have on some specific industries in my state and in the country.”
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, sought to slip S. 386 through the Senate on a voice vote through unanimous consent. Perdue refused to go along. At stake, he and other critics warn, is a giveaway for employment-based green cards for Big Tech — including companies like Google and Amazon– that undercuts American workers.
Perdue doesn’t like that S. 386 as written would ensure that employment-based green cards only go to temporary foreign visa workers who have been imported to the U.S. by corporations to replace American workers, thus rewarding the employers of foreign workers with H-1B visas.
According to a Breitbart news report, while about 25 percent of all employment-based green cards currently are rewarded to Indian nationals, should this legislation pass Indian nationals will obtain over 90 percent of all the employment-based green cards for at least a decade. The report also says: “Bankrolling the effort to pass the green card giveaway are giant tech corporations and the billionaire Koch brothers’ network of organizations, all of which have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars” to Lee and another bill sponsor, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Ca.
Breitbart discovered that in this election cycle, Lee has raked in more than $33,000 from the Microsoft Corp., about $18,400 from Google, $12,500 from Jeff Bezos’ Amazon, $12,000 from the Oracle Corporation, $11,000 from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and nearly $11,000 from Koch Agronomic Services. During the 2018 election cycle, Lee enjoyed a more than $112,000 combined donation from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Oracle, and Koch Agronomic Services. All have lobbied GOP and Democrat Senators to pass S. 386 this year.
Lee and Harris promise to bring S. 386 back up for a floor vote this week. It remains to be seen if Perdue and his supporters can effectively amend or block the bill.