Sending Office: Honorable Kevin Yoder
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Dear Colleague:

As Congress continues to debate needed reforms to our immigration system, we must support common-sense, bipartisan solutions that address the needs of all of our constituents. With over 300 cosponsors, the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 392),
has broad support from a majority of members in both the Republican Conference and the Democratic Caucus – making it one of the most bipartisan bills in the entire Congress.

The overriding purpose of the employment-based green card system is to provide permanent residence to individuals who add value to the U.S. economy. This bill creates a fair and equitable, “first come, first serve” system, putting an end to the discriminatory
process that has left hundreds of thousands of our constituents in immigration limbo.

This legislation is pro-growth, pro-jobs, and pro-family. It is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Compete America, Immigration Voice, and passed the House in the 112th Congress (as H.R. 3012) with a resounding bipartisan vote of 389 to 15. A current
list of co-signers is listed below. 

If you would like more information or are interested in signing onto the letter, please contact Michael Brooks ( with Congressman Yoder’s staff at 5-2865 or Guido Weiss
( with Congresswoman Gabbard’s office at 5-4906.




Kevin Yoder                                  Tulsi Gabbard

Member of Congress                     Member of Congress



January XX, 2018


The Honorable Mitch McConnell                               The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

Majority Leader                                                          Minority Leader

S-230, US Capitol                                                       S-221, US Capitol      

Washington, D.C. 20510                                            Washington, D.C. 20510


The Honorable Paul Ryan                                           The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House                                                  Minority Leader

H-232, US Capitol                                                      H-204, US Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20515                                            Washington, D.C. 20515


Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Democratic Leader Pelosi:


We write in support of passing H.R. 392, the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017, as part of any deal that attempts to resolve the status of those affected by the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. With
over 300 cosponsors and a strong majority of members in both the Republican Conference and the Democratic Caucus, H.R. 392 is one of the most bipartisan bills in the entire Congress. This bill is strongly supported because it stands for a straightforward and
self-evident principle—when a foreign national applies for an employment based green card, wait times should be based upon the date that individual applied and not upon their country of birth. In today’s global economy it makes no sense that individuals from
certain countries should have to wait decades while others have no line at all. In addition to ending the arbitrary country caps that currently handcuff our legal immigration system, passing H.R. 392 will accomplish three important objectives:

First, this bill will end a discriminatory practice against hundreds of thousands of law abiding immigrants who came to this country with the hope of one day fulfilling the American dream. These are vibrant members of all of our communities who pay taxes,
own homes, and contribute to our economic growth and recovery through innovation. Unfortunately, because they are stuck in a seemingly endless green card backlog, sometimes upwards of 70 years, they will likely never be able to accomplish the hopes and dreams
they set out to when they first came to America. Without this bill, some of the best and brightest minds in our country will never be able to get funding in the form of an NIH grant to find a cure for a deadly disease. They will also remain tethered to their
current position for decades, without opportunity for advancement or promotion while they wait keeping them from starting their own businesses and creating high paying jobs for American workers. They are also unable to travel back to their home country for
weddings, birthdays, holidays, or perhaps most disheartening – funerals of loved ones, without the fear of not being able to return because of a broken system.

Second, as we endeavor in good faith to come up with a compromise that would remedy the effects caused by the repeal of the DACA program, we must not lose sight of the fact that, under the current system, when H-1B visa holders from certain countries are
forced to wait decades to receive a green card, the children of those H-1B holders can fall out of legal status and would not be covered by either DACA or the DREAM Act. Those children who came in legally through no fault of anyone will suddenly be faced with
the choice of remaining illegally in the United States or leaving the only country they have even known as home. Passing H.R. 392 is the only way to help these legal residents, a group that includes some of the most talented young students in America’s schools
today, realize their dreams as well.

Third, H.R. 392 can be passed along with amended language containing a fee that can be assessed upon the beneficiaries of the legislation that will raise billions of dollars. These critical funds can be used to enhance the likelihood of passage of a DACA
deal, by either enabling Congress to pay for border security or other items in a manner that does not increase deficits, burden U.S. taxpayers, or cause any opposition to the nature of the funding source. The highly skilled beneficiaries of the bill would
gladly pay a fee in order to be able to start their own companies, employ American workers, change jobs, and obtain certainty over their immigration status.

While we firmly believe that there are many issues to fix in the immigration system, passing H.R. 392 as part of a DACA fix is the right thing to do for many reasons. It would end the incentive to hire foreign workers over Americans and help to grow our
economy by allowing some of these highly skilled people to start their own companies and hire American workers. And, finally, it would provide a critical and non-controversial funding source for the kind of DACA compromise that many members in both parties
have said is necessary.

Although we may have differing views on how we address the larger immigration issues facing our country, this is one injustice that we can all agree needs to be resolved.



Current list of co-signers:

Rep. Kevin Yoder KS-03
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard HI-02
Rep. Leonard Lance NJ-07
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick PA-08
Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson GA-04
Rep. Peter J. Visclosky IN-01
Rep. Roger Marshall KS-01
Rep. Rob Woodall GA-07
Rep. Jim Costa CA-16
Rep. Kevin Cramer ND-AL
Rep. Rick Larsen WA-02
Rep. Ann Wagner MO-02
Rep. David E. Price NC-4
Rep. Randy Hultgren IL-14
Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. VA-08
Rep. Terri Sewell AL-07
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi IL-08
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman NJ-12
Rep. Jim Himes CT-04
Rep. Jamie Raskin MD-08
Rep. Mark Desaulnier CA-11
Rep. Susan Brooks IN-05
Rep. Thomas A. Garrett, Jr VA-05
Rep. Joe Barton TX-06
Rep. Pete Sessions TX-32
Rep. Brad Schneider IL-10
Rep. Ryan A. Costello PA-06
Rep. Chellie Pingree MA-01
Rep. Neal Dunn, M.D. FL-02
Rep. Ron Estes KS-04
Rep. Rodney Davis IL-13
Rep. Lynn Jenkins KS-02
Rep. Don Bacon NE-02
Rep. Gwen Moore WI-04
Rep. Steve Knight CA-25
Rep. Mike Doyle PA-14
Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi NY-03
Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. NJ-10
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez TX-15
Rep. John B. Larson CT-01
Rep. Earl Blumenauer OR-03
Rep. Dave Trott MI-11
Rep. Seth Moulton MA-06
Rep. Austin Scott GA-08
Rep. Peter King NY-02
Rep. Michael Capuano MA-07
Rep. John Curtis UT-03
Rep. Tim Walz MN-01
Rep. Bruce Westerman AR-04
Rep. Mike Quigley IL-05
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter NH-01
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster NH-02
Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. GA-02
Rep. Mia Love UT-04
Rep. Bobby L. Rush IL-01
Rep. Rep. Christopher H. Smith NJ-04
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke NY-09


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