Dudeski Calls Congress On Behalf of U.S. Tech Workers

Below are the notes that were taken by Stephen Pushor (aka Dudeski), USTW, Director of Operations for the DC Area from his calls to the House Rules Committee Members regarding H.R. 392.  You are probably all too aware that this bill was inserted into an appropriations bill as an amendment by Congressman Kevin Yoder.  Dudeski’s notes are very instructive and his example should be followed by every tech worker in the US:

Dudeski’s Notes:

I sat down and called every Congressperson who is on the Rules Committee and talked to them about H.R.392: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act that was inserted into an appropriations bill that will be brought to the floor for a vote after the general elections.  Below is a summary of my conversations with their staff members:

Byrne, Bradley AL 1st District 202-225-4931:

HR392 Co-Sponsor (Yes)

I did a Google on Bradley Byrne, it is like I experienced before, you have to be a voter in the district to write an e-mail to the congressperson.

“Regrettably, I am unable to reply to any email from constituents outside of the district. Please enter your zip code to verify residency and go to the next step.”

All of the congressman use software that prevents persons from outside their district form writing e-mail letters. You have to be a voter in the district to write your congressman.

So, I called Bradley Byrne’s office and referenced to HR 392.  A young lady without a southern accent listened to my talking points. I asked her if she had heard of the Yoder HR 392 bill and initially she said she had not. But after I went into my discussion she said, oh yea, I have heard about the bill. She said she would make note of my conversation and would pass it on. The conversation duration was just a couple of minutes. I played very nice and I wondered if she is really going to record my opposition to HR 392 on her call sheet.

 

Buck, Ken CO 4th District 202-225-4676:

HR392 Co-Sponsor (Yes)

A young man answered. He knew about the bill, and I informed him as to how the diversity of America’s workplaces was being dismantled bit by bit.  He was kind and I asked him about his call sheet and he said he would record it. No mention was made that I was outside his district.

 

Burgess, Michael TX 26th 202-225-7772:

House Indian Caucus (Yes)

I called and the young woman asked if she could put me on hold while she went to find a pen. That made me wonder if the other calls had pen holders? She was kind and courteous and asked for my ZIP code.

 

Cheney, Liz WY At-Large 202-225-2311:

I explained the bill to the staffer at Liz Cheney’s office.  I emphasized the diversity aspects and the fact that if the Indian community receives the bulk of the green cards, many middle class medical, tech workers and accountants could lose their jobs to foreign cheap labor. She took my name. I learned to speak slowly when saying H.R.392 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is attached as an amendment to the House FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. Speaking slowly encourages them to write down everything I said.

 

Cole, Tom OK 4th 202-225-6165:

HR392 Co-Sponsor (Yes)

A guy answered and I gave him my spiel, he said he would pass it on. Heaven can wait.

 

Collins, Doug GA 9th 202-225-9893:

I gave my kind and happy face pitch and after it was over, I asked her, did I give a good spiel? She said yes! She had heard of HR 392 and was familiar with it.  She said, “I will pass it on to the congressman….”

 

Hastings, Alcee FL 20th 202-225-1313:

HR392 (Yes), House Indian Caucus (Yes)

The line quality was poor, but I gave my best pitch up to this point.  He took my name.

 

McGovern, James MA 2nd 202-225-6101:

HR392 Co-Sponsor (Yes)

I got my best response to this point. The woman who answered fully understood my talking points and the impact of HR392. I know for sure my concerns will be passed on for the person on the line was very supportive. I reinforced the message that the bill could have unintended consequences and deserves more study and consideration and should not be passed willy-nilly in a lame duck congress.

 

Newhouse, Dan WA 4th 202-225-5816:

HR392 Co-Sponsor (Yes)

I stressed something I forgot earlier, our young STEM grads will be crowded out. He took my name and ZIP code, which is a good thing.

 

Polis, Jared CO 2nd 202-225-2161:

The person I spoke to was not aware of HR 392 and I gave him my pitch. He was impressed and assured me that Congressman Polis would get my message, even better he asked for my name and zip code and my email address in case they want more information. I think this congressman is somebody we should try to work with. The staff person was very cool about it.

 

Sessions, Pete TX 32nd 202-225-2231:

HR392 (Yes), House Indian Caucus (Yes), RHC (Yes)

Pete Sessions office knew about the bill as soon as I mentioned HR 392. This is where I got misty-eyed about IT, Medical and STEM workers losing jobs as I explained the 7% cap. On many of the calls, I have been saying that America has so many ethnic restaurants because of the 7% cap and diversity. It got some chuckles. I told her my plea to Pete was heartfelt and I was scared for my job. She took my full name and address. Thanked me.

So far all the office calls have been pleasant to deal with. It goes to show it helps to be pleasant and cheerful when making these calls. It is more effective than being a hard ass, at least at this stage of the game. I got the impression that Pete Sessions has gotten an earful about this green card giveaway.

 

Torres, Norma CA 35th 202-225-6161

HR392 Co-Sponsor (Yes)

California actually asked me to talk to my own congressman. I told her it was a national issue. She took my name and address and kindly told me she would pass on my concerns and said,  “take care.”

 

Woodall, Rob GA 7th 202-225-4272:

House Indian Caucus (Yes)

I called, and the staffer took my full name and address first before I made my pitch. I stressed the unintended consequences of lack of diversity and the reason why we have great ethnic eating establishments, Got a good LOL on that one this time.

Beyer, Don VA 8th (202) 225-4376:

Finally, I called my own congressman here in Virginia. I am not crazy about my guy as he was for TPP and I believe is pro H-1B  Since I live here my chances are better making the checkbox. I am going to write him an email later.

Summary:

Each call was at the most a minute in duration. I believe if the staffer asks for your name or ZIP, then chances are better than the check the box against the bill will be recorded. I am more dubious when it comes to just talking to someone.

It was fun, I took the happy face approach, the results were positive. With regard to awareness, one office was vaguely familiar with HR 392, and one office did not know of it at all The rest have heard about it.

I stressed the diversity approach most and middle-class jobs being lost in medical, accounting and not just IT.  I tried not to bad mouth foreigners. But I did mention in every call that people from India would receive up to 75% of the green cards and that the H.R.392: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act was unfair to US workers and hurts diversity in this country. Tip, speak slowly and make sure they have written down your name and take notes.

My Talking Points:

I stated “I am calling to comment on a bill H.R.392: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act that was attached as an amendment to the House FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The specific name of the amendment as inserted by Congressman Kevin Yoder was the Numerical Limitation To Any Single Foreign State.”

Currently, STEM and IT workers from India and China are in a fair queue for Green Cards based on 7% per country per year limit. This 7% limit protects the diversity of the US population. The change in the law on this bill is designed to destroy the 7% per country limit per year for green cards. As Indians represent such a disproportionately large group in the queue, without these caps, they would dominate us immigration for years to come. It will allow greater freedom of movement and more Indian national to displace American workers in medical fields, Information Technology and will be a big disadvantage for our STEM graduates for they would have to compete with cheaper foreign labor.

HR 392 has been pushed entirely by foreign interests. Specifically, by a certain Indian Advocacy Group (IV Immigration Voice) for Congressional approval before the end of 2018.

It would:

  1. Award all employment-based green cards to India for about 6 years.
    2. Award all such green cards to India, China, Philippines for an additional 2 more years.
    3. After that, about 70-75% of the green cards would go to India.
    4. Require everyone to get an H-1B visa before getting a green card.
    5. Exclude everyone from occupations that are not H-1B eligible from employment-based green cards.

The effect would be to replace our system of diversity in immigration in place since 1965 with an “India First” immigration policy.

This is the most radical change in American immigration policy in the nation’s history, yet the measure has been entirely pushed by foreign guest workers, has had no public debate, has had no hearings and has been stuffed into the budget.

I had too much material in front of me, after a couple of calls I got in a grove basically repeatedly in my pleasant voice the same three points, HR 392 takes away diversity, takes away American jobs and allows more than 70% of the green creeds to go the Indians.

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