On Thursday, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has called on the U.S Senate to pass the bipartisan law that will discontinue per-country caps on green cards.
Tim said in a tweed:
“Immigrants make this country stronger and our economy more dynamic. As a first step toward needed comprehensive reform, I urge the Senate to move quickly to pass the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. “The contributions of these workers are critical to America’s future.”
The United States House of Representatives passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants act back in September. But now it needs approval by the President, Trump as well as needs to be passed by the Senate before its implementation.
The new bill is supposed to change the current immigration system by phasing out a per-country limit that makes it so difficult to get asylum from a bigger country versus a smaller one. Several asylum seekers with visas go through so many hurdles to get a green card.
Cook, in a speech last summer, insisted.
“We have over 300 folks here on DACA, and we have several people that are on H-1Bs [visas] that might be deep in the green-card backlog.”
The legislation would equalize wait times over countries through changing the immigration system to first-come-first-served. The Cato Institute revealed that a big number of asylum seekers from India and China, stuck in the backlog are highly skilled.
Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah who supported the legislation, explained in September:
“Under the per-country cap system, immigrants from larger countries are only eligible to receive the same number of green cards annually as immigrants from smaller countries. As a result, the wait times for immigrants from larger countries have grown and grown, decade after decade, with no end in sight.”
He further said “The employment-based visa system is supposed to enable American businesses to bring the best and the brightest to this country. Yet under the per-country caps, a factor that has nothing to do with a person’s skills or merit distorts the recruitment process. This weakens the merits-based portion of our immigration system.”
Tim Cook often gives statements over specific topics like immigration and climate change. He had opposed Trump administration’s decision to terminate DACA. He said ″We are distressed at the prospect of ripping our DACA colleagues from the fabric of our company.”
Tim Cook also said in a tweet, “250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.”
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