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Keeping the best and brightest

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 2:14 PM

America is blessed with the world's best colleges and universities. Many of the world's top scientists and engineers come to the U.S. to pursue an education at universities like our own Arkansas State.

When these scholars graduate, the United States should put out a welcome mat instead of forcing them to return to their home country. Graduates of American colleges and universities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are behind many of the innovations and business startups that can grow our economy.

Foreign students receive nearly four out of every 10 master's degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Foreign scholars are a central part of America's current and future competiveness. These graduates have the potential to come up with an invention that could save lives or jump-start a whole new industry. They also have the ability to start a company that could provide jobs to tens of thousands of American workers.

This week, the House of Representatives voted to boost job creation and improve our economy by allowing the U.S to retain some of the world's brightest foreign graduates of American colleges and universities.

While the United States has the most generous level of legal immigration in the world, we select only 5 percent of our immigrants based on the skills and education they bring to America. Our immigration laws should not force the U.S. to forfeit retaining some of the best students from around the world.

The STEM Act, voted on this week in the House of Representatives, will encourage the best and brightest graduates to stay in the United States and add to our economy.

Although these graduates are in great demand by American employers, many of them end up on years-long green card waiting lists. And as a result, many of them give up and go to work for one of our global competitors.

In a global economy, we cannot afford to train them in the U.S. and then send them back home to work for our competitors. For America to be the world's economic leader, we must have access to the world's best talent. The STEM Act modifies our immigration system to allow some of the world's future innovators to stay in the United States.

The STEM Act can make our immigration system smarter. For the United States to continue as the world's greatest source of innovation and creativity we must attract the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. This will help Arkansas and America maintain our competitive edge in the years to come and will preserve America's place as the world leader in innovation.


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Congressman Crawford

Respectfully, are the people of YOUR electorate, the people you have a fiduciary responsibility to represent, the people who have worked hard, paid their dues and taxes America's Best and Brightest?

Aren't your children best and brightest? Your family, friends, neighbors best and brightest?

The mythical skills gap is the big lie. With so many hardworking citizens in your district laid off, many replaced by foreign visa workers, many with jobs offshored - PRECISELY why did you vote to discriminate against highly skilled (and other skills) Americans allowing companies to hire even more foreign citizens to replace American? Sadly, it's true, US H-1b visa law passed by American lawmakers

Fact - thanks to Bill Gates and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, Congress passed Microsoft friendly legislation with loopholes larger than Windows8 bugs that make it 100% legal for companies to layoff Americans AND replace us with foreign visa workers...

I am one of 5,000 Americans laid off by Microsoft and replaced by over 5,000 foreign citizens, with recent foreign college students, most in the US for the first time.

If there's a labor shortage, then why won't Microsoft recruit its own workforce FIRST - before they hire more replacements offshore?

Google Greedy Gates Gambit to get facts of H-1b visa law. Reads like a Tom Clancy novel, too bad it's not fiction.

The arguments just don't add up - the fact is that companies including Microsoft, HP, IBM and others $influenced$ this "Act" -- the bill has nothing to do with Arkansas residents in need and everything to do with corporate greed.

Please Congressman Crawford look beyond the lobbyist talking points of a mythical skills shortage. Talent is everywhere. Why can't American citizens who play by the rules, serve the community, people who have earned the right, deprived the opportunity to a fair chance to compete for jobs in our own country?

The STEM Jobs Act of 2012 discriminates against both American citizens and immigrants from every country on the planet except India.

Why do you choose to discriminate against the people you serve? I guess the answer is because they aren't the hands that feed you.

American voters, demand accountability of your elected officials to act in your best interests, NOT Microsoft, India, or IBM.

Learn more www.brightfuturejobs.com

-- Posted by Jobs4US on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 10:34 PM

Jobs4US, I don't think you understand the issue.

The people of his electorate are not people to serve, they are people to use.

They are a means to his ends

Nothing more

-- Posted by a1749787 on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 10:02 AM

Here is a Help Wanted Ad for a Student for a full time IT job in Arkansas

http://www.desiopt.com/index.php?post_id...

BUT Americans need not apply. This Arkansas job is ONLY advertised in India.

The company wants to hire Congressman Crawford's celebrated "Best and Brightest" foreign students, for an Arkansas job.

Congressman Crawford, how can Arkansas companies find qualified Americans if they are ONLY advertising in India and only for foreign students to fill jobs in your electorate?

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Job: HIRING OPT / CPT STUDENTS

Posted by: Piedmont it

Piedmont IT Inc. is in the business of IT consulting, training & outsourcing. We believe in our employees and recognize them. We closely work with each candidate in developing marketing strategies for finding an immediate assignment.

- OPT/ CPT students

- Master's degree in Computer Science/ Information Technology/ MIS

- Excellent communication skills

- Willing to relocate anywhere in USA

What we offer:

* Support in interview preparation

* Mock-interviews and doubt clarification sessions

* Green Card sponsorship for qualified candidates

* H1B Visa sponsorship and assistance in getting CPT.

* Competitive Base Pay + Benefits (paid holidays, vacations, health + disability insurance,

relocation assistance)

* Guaranteed successful placement

* Aggressive marketing for quick placements

* Attractive referral bonus

NOTE: We are an E-verification employer and we assist students to get OPT extension, if

needed.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in making career with us please email your

resume at hrpiedit.com or call us at 919-653-0971 for more details.

Contact us:

Piedmont IT Inc.

919-653-0971

hrpiedit.com

State Location -> Arkansas

Job Type Job Type -> Full-time

Classification Job Classification -> I.T. & T.

http://www.desiopt.com/index.php?post_id...

-- Posted by Jobs4US on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 10:22 PM

is it really asking too much to expect our 'representatives' in a fiscal crisis to quit giving away the jobs we have to borrow money to create?

or would that be too much common sense?

Congressman Crawford, the respect you expect comes from actually representing, not just getting elected

-- Posted by a1749787 on Thu, Dec 6, 2012, at 12:03 PM

Congressman Crawford is proposing to increase the discrimination of qualified Americans-by 55,000 jobs annually. This exacerbates the bypass of local Arkansas talent.

How is this affecting Arkansas residents?

In 2010 alone, the USDOL certified 2,941 H1b positions in Arkansas with an average wage of $59,858

Source: http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/p... Appendix A pdf page 54)

Find out exactly which companies bypassed Americans for full-time Arkansas jobs including wages-- here

http://www.h1bwage.com/employer_survey.p...

Discrimination only increases unemployment; it can never "create" jobs.

-- Posted by Jobs4US on Thu, Dec 6, 2012, at 12:44 PM

Congressman Crawford is proposing to increase the discrimination of qualified Americans-by 55,000 jobs annually. This exacerbates the bypass of local Arkansas talent.

How is this affecting Arkansas residents?

In 2010 alone, the USDOL certified 2,941 H1b positions in Arkansas with an average annual salary of $59,858

Source: http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/p... Appendix A pdf page 54)

Find out exactly which companies bypassed Americans for full-time Arkansas jobs including wages-- here

http://www.h1bwage.com/employer_survey.p...

Discrimination only increases unemployment; it can never "create" jobs.

-- Posted by Jobs4US on Thu, Dec 6, 2012, at 12:46 PM


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