Senate Bill S386 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 is co-sponsored by Senator Mike Lee and Senator Kamala Harris. Sponsors are trying to get this bill S386 voted by unanimous consent.
The Unanimous consent process. Bill S386 should be agreed unanimously by all the Senator (100 in total). And every Senator has the power to block the passage of this Bill. So, what’s the current status of the S386 bill?
For the bill to be brought back to the Senate floor for voting, all the current blocks should be removed.
- Current block: By Senator Durbin.
- Senator David Purdue (Clarified language for healthcare workers Green Cards)
- Senator Rand Paul (Added temporary Green Card for Healthcare workers)
- Senator Chuck Grassley (added amendment for H1B Protections)
Senator from Georgia David Perdue blocked this bill S386.
The companion bill HR 1044 in the U.S. House passed by 365 – 65.
Here’s what has to happen for this bill S386 and HR 1044 to pass.
- Senator should remove the current Block (& any future Blocks)
- Bill S386 should pass in Senate by Unanimous Consent
- Conference Committee to combine HR1044 and S386
- Bill should pass in the House again.
- Bill should pass in Senate again.
- Bill President should sign the bill into law
For & Against the S386 Bill:
You might wonder why Indian born nationals are supporting the bill, and every other nation are opposing the bill.
The answer is clearly described in this analysis from the Cato Institute:
In this version, the non-Chinese, non-Indians, non-shortage workers (i.e., “other” in Figure 3) would not receive any green cards for four years. Opponents of the legislation claim that this is unfair, yet new Indian applicants who applied in 2018-19 will not receive any green cards under the bill for almost eight years, and if the law isn’t passed, then they would face a half a century wait (ultimately, nearly half would give up before then).
Here’s the Graph that shows the Green Card distribution from 2020 to 2027:
Over to you:
- Indian born nationals want this Bill S386 passed else Green Card wait times will be decades
- Even other citizens are against this bill because their Green Card wait times will increase by a few years.
- The current Block by Senator Durbin seems to be strong
- What do you think is going to happen next?