August 7, 2010, Washington DC: U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) expressed support for the recent efforts by the U.S. Senate to beef up border security operations but expressed concern at the measure by the U.S. Senate to increase H1-B and L-1 visa fees to fund these operations. The legislation proposes an increase of fees by $2,000 per visa per person to fund the $600 million emergency security package. USINPAC believes that the fee increase is a regressive move that would permanently move these jobs out of the U.S. to off shore destinations and negatively impact the U.S. economy.
Firstly the proposed measure will increase the migration of jobs moving permanently off shore; secondly the measure seems to target Indian IT companies which will have negative implications for U.S. exports which have found a receptive market in the fast growing Indian economy. Finally, some of the highly skilled and educated immigrants who came to the U.S. under the H1b program end up staying in the U.S. and creating businesses, jobs and innovative products. This measure has the potential to stop that.
Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC criticized the move and said, "While the security of the U.S. borders and the protection of American jobs are of prime importance, it should not be done to score points during a heated political climate. The proposed move by the U.S. Congress could permanently export jobs outside the United States and deprive the U.S. of the next Google or Intel. We urge the Congress to consider the potential damage the bill would cause and reconsider the provision."
About USINPAC: The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is a bi-partisan non-profit organization and the voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans. It works to impact policy on issues of concern to the Indian-American community in the US. We also provide bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information visit us at http://www.usinpac.com
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