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Large technology companies in particular like Microsoft and Autodesk are pushing Congress to up the number of H-1B visas available each year

The U.S. government announced this week that work permits in the H-1B visa program are almost entirely depleted for 2013.

According to the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), 55,600 standard H-1B visas have already been issued out of 65,000 for the next fiscal year. In addition, 18,700 H-1B visas for graduates of advanced degree programs were issued in the U.S. out of 20,000. These numbers were posted as of June 1, and USCIS started accepting applications on April 1.

This is a significant increase, considering it took until November to use up all of last year's work permits. It is believed that this is a sign of better economic times, and U.S. companies are pushing for an expansion of the H-1B program.

Large technology companies in particular like Microsoft and Autodesk are pushing Congress to up the number of H-1B visas available each year. This would allow them and other companies in the U.S. to import workers with skills in technology and finance.

According to a study from Partnership for A New American Economy, which is an industry lobby group, the U.S. will have a shortage of 224,000 tech workers by 2018 if more visas are not made available.

The 2013 fiscal year begins October 1, 2012.

Source: InformationWeek

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By ATrigo on 6/12/2012 7:25:39 PM , Rating: 2
As far as government people looking the other way, that's the democrats looking to have more "voters" who get trapped in the giveaway system to vote for them.

You know, foreign nationals, either as lawful permanent residents (green card holders) or non permanent residents (H1-B, TN, L, E, O, etc visas) cannot vote. Pretty much registering while not a U.S Citizen for voting in an election is a one way ticket out of the country.

Yes, you can tell me that they will get the residency and become U.S Citizens and what not, that at least takes 10 years.

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By dgingerich on 6/12/12, Rating: 0
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By ATrigo on 6/12/2012 9:08:23 PM , Rating: 3
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By ATrigo on 6/12/2012 9:09:02 PM , Rating: 2

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By someguy123 on 6/13/2012 4:26:31 AM , Rating: 3
That's what you call headline spin. If you read the article, Florida was indeed attempting to remove illegal registrations, but the justice department is suing them because they believe their methods are inaccurate and because they failed to meet deadlines, not for the sake of the illegal immigrants.

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By FITCamaro on 6/13/2012 7:54:30 AM , Rating: 1
Bullshit. The DoJ is suing them because the administration wants as many illegitimate voters on the rolls as possible in November since those who cannot legally vote nearly always vote Democrat.

A state is well within its rights to look into voter rolls see who they think isn't eligible to vote, and ask the person "Hey we think you're not allowed to vote. Please get back to us and prove you are." That WW2 vet that they're waving around as an example of how flawed it is goes directly against their argument of discrimination. It shows that whatever method they used didn't just identify particular groups of people. People from multiple groups got flagged. Yes, the majority of the people who get questioned undoubtedly will be of hispanic descent because that is the background of the vast majority of illegal aliens in the US, much less Florida.

They're not just kicking people off the voter rolls without the opportunity to prove otherwise. They identified people based on IDs. I'm guessing the ID is for someone who is dead or what is believed to be a fake ID based on some information. They want to try and verify their list with Homeland Security, but they're blocked there as well since, again, the administration doesn't want those people off the rolls.

They use that voter rights act to say that Florida is making a change to election laws when in fact they're not changing any law. It is already against the law to vote when you're not eligible. Like Arizona is with the border, Florida is merely trying to enforce the law since the federal government has no interest in doing so.

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By dgingerich on 6/13/2012 7:51:42 AM , Rating: 1
That's just the BS excuse they use. They've also blocked other ways states have used to block illegal aliens from voting, and not just this administration:

their attack dogs have pushed for illegal voters for a long time:

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By someguy123 on 6/13/2012 8:54:41 AM , Rating: 2
You can join in on the spin, but even the USA today article points out that other states have ID laws in place, making these ban targeted, meaning there are other issues at play than simply banning ID checks, otherwise they would ban them everywhere and apparently win every election.

WSJ article is about ACORN mismanagement the obama administration having a clear agenda due to being linked to ACORN. Doesn't really have anything to do with with the Florida ban, which is attempting to run its own sweep for illegal registrations.

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By FITCamaro on 6/13/2012 12:56:18 PM , Rating: 2
I live in SC. Our voter ID bill even had the provision for giving out free IDs to those who claimed they couldn't afford one. But Democrats called it racist, discriminatory, and even Holder said it was too much of a burden for minorities to have to show ID at the polls. Apparently when they show it to buy alcohol, certain drugs, a car, at the DMV, or any other of the many places where ID is required, its not a burden. But when they go to vote, somehow its a burden.

I was asked for ID yesterday when I voted.

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By dgingerich on 6/13/2012 2:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I guess I picked the wrong ACORN article. I had several open at the time. I thought I got the right one.

I don't have time to look those up now, but I'm sure you're heard about it in cities all over the country. They signed up all sorts of people to register to vote who had no right to vote.

I still don't understand how a state issues photo ID could be a burden to the poor. I've been poor. I've lived on >$8000/year back in 2003 and 2004, taking every job I could find. My car would stall when I'd make a left turn. I was eating ramen and mac and cheese constantly, and sometimes that was even too expensive to have more than every other day. (I went from 215lbs down to 180lbs in 9 months during that time.) I wasn't able to get an oil change for my car for almost a year. There was a month when all I could afford was to keep my car insured and gas. All I had to eat were hand outs. Yet I was still able to prioritize and keep my car insured so I could keep getting small jobs. 2 and a half years, I managed to keep going. I even managed to get the money together to get my ID renewed for $15 during that time. More importantly, I made it through all that with nearly no government handouts. (I did collect unemployment from April 2002 to October 2002, but from then on I was on my own.)

The complaints by the Democrats on voter identification requirements are just total BS. They don't make any sense. If something is a priority, people will do what they need to get it done, even getting an ID and keeping their SS card and/or birth certificate.

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By mellomonk on 6/13/2012 4:26:16 PM , Rating: 2
The complaints by the Democrats on voter identification requirements are just total BS. They don't make any sense. If something is a priority, people will do what they need to get it done, even getting an ID and keeping their SS card and/or birth certificate.

It is not the requirement that is the problem. NOBODY thinks that is truly a burden. It is all about the timing. It will take many months to years to implement such a requirement. On top of that you have to convince the poor and suspicious that this is a good thing. Of course the conservative element wants to roll this out this year, an election year. Oh, and no card no vote. Interesting. And which party would this unduly effect? To late. To do it this year is gerrymandering. They need to get started on this AFTER the election in the interest of fairness.

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