This is a deal breaker for me:
“A merit-based system for allocating green cards may sound good for business,” said Mr. Hoffman, who is co-chairman of Compete America, a coalition of technology companies. “But after reviewing the proposal, we have concluded that it is the wrong approach and will not solve the talent crisis facing many U.S. businesses. In fact, in some ways, it could leave American employers in a worse position.
“Under the current system,” Mr. Hoffman said, “you need an employer to sponsor you for a green card. Under the point system, you would not need an employer as a sponsor. An individual would get points for special skills, but those skills may not match the demand. You can’t hire a chemical engineer to do the work of a software engineer.”
“A ‘merit-based system’ would take the hiring decision out of our hands and place it squarely in the hands of the federal government,” David Isaacs, director of federal affairs at Hewlett-Packard Company, said in a letter to the Senate.
Oh well. Start again?