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?


1 Comment » Employers getting unhappy with immigration bill · May 28, 2007 at 11:21 PM

[…] While I am a supporter of immigration in general and some sort of comprehensive immigration proposal, I am not yet decided on this immigration bill. Earlier, I pointed to a place where business is unhappy with the current bill. Today, the NYT reports one place where these problems are becoming clearer. For example, Microsoft’s head lobbyist says: The deal is worse than the status quo, and the status quo is a disaster. We are troubled by the grand bargain. […]

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