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Attention  SEAINT list members

I have just found that NSPE  has gone on record  on the current efforts to
amend the H-1B  cap.

So where are  structural engineers  (SEA**,   NCSEA)   on this issue  ???



URL  to the press release

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=39974



Bob Johnson,  SE,  PE
Silence will NOT protect (American)  engineers


contributor  to    www.engology.com       check it out!



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National Society of Professional Engineers: Congress Trying to Slip an Increase of H-1B Visas into a Must-Pass Bill

11/18/2004 6:41:00 PM


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To: National Desk

Contact: Stacey Ober of the National Society of Professional Engineers,
703-684-2815 or 301-254-6888; Web: http://www.nspe.org

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Nov. 18 /U.S. Newswire/ --
The National Society of
Professional Engineers (NSPE) has alerted its membership that some members
of Congress are seeking to attach a provision, at the last minute, to the
must-pass bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of this
fiscal year. This issue could be decided in as little as 24 hours.


This provision would exempt up to 20,000 aliens holding a master's or higher
degree from the current 65,000 cap on H-1B visas for non-immigrants in any
fiscal year. H-1B visas allow temporary employment by aliens in specialty
occupations such as engineering. These programs have been used to displace
higher- paid U.S. workers and replace them with lower-paid, often less-
qualified, foreign temporary workers. NSPE supports keeping the current cap
of 65,000 H-1B visas.

NSPE is advising its members to contact their state's Senators and
Representative immediately and ask them to oppose raising the current cap on
H-1B visas. Cited reasons for the opposition include:

-- This proposal to raise the cap has not been voted on by either the House
or Senate this session. This issue is too complex to be added to the budget
bill at the last minute without being vetted in congressional hearings.

-- The H-1B program has been abused in the past and this proposal would cost
the jobs of U.S. engineers and scientists.

NSPE supports the use of Professional Engineers (PEs) who are licensed and
trained in our ethical practices. In NSPE's view, these visa programs
decrease the use of PEs, which could be detrimental to the public health,
safety, and welfare.

For more information on NSPE's position, or the issue in general, please
contact executive director Al Gray at (703) 684- 2820 or at (703) 963-1980
after normal business hours.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the national
society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the
ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and
enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE
serves more than 50,000 members and the public through 53 state and
territorial societies and more than 500 chapters. For more information,
please visit http://www.nspe.org

EDITOR'S NOTE: Additional contacts available by contacting Stacey Ober at
(301) 254-6888.

http://www.usnewswire.com/

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/© 2004 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/



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You also may wish to read the following:


U.S. High-Tech Unemployment Shrinks Since H-1B Cap Lowered to 65,000

11/19/2004 5:43:00 PM

To: National Desk Contact: Chris McManes of IEEE-USA,
202-785-0017, ext. 8356 or c.mcmanes(--nospam--at)ieee.org;

Web: http://www.ieeeusa.org

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The number of unemployed U.S. high-tech professionals dropped sharply from the first quarter of 2004 to the third quarter. The decline mirrors the reinstatement of the H-1B visa cap to its historical level of 65,000 in Fiscal Year 2004 from 195,000 in FY 03."Although a number of factors are affecting high-tech employment, including an improving economy and the migration of engineers out of the technical workforce, statistics indicate that U.S. professionals have benefited from a reduction in H-1B visas," IEEE-USA President John Steadman said. "Because U.S. industry has been more restricted in its ability to bring overseas guest workers into the country, it has had to hire more U.S. citizens to fill open positions. This is good news for U.S. technical professionals."The number of unemployed high-tech workers has fallen by a total of 92,000 in nine major high-tech job classifications tracked by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the third quarter of 2004 vs. the first quarter.Job Classification: Computer Programmers; 1st Quarter: 62,000; 3rd Quarter: 25,000; Change: minus-37,000Job Classification: Computer Scientists and System Analysts; 1st Quarter: 48,000; 3rd Quarter: 17,000; Change: minus-31,000Job Classification: Network Systems & Data Com. Analysts; 1st Quarter: 23,000; 3rd Quarter: 11,000; Change: minus-12,000Job Classification: Electrical and Electronics Engineers; 1st Quarter: 16,000; 3rd Quarter: 7,000; Change: minus-9,000Job Classification: Computer Hardware Engineers; 1st Quarter: 4,000; 3rd Quarter: 1,000; Change: minus-3,000Job Classification: Network & Computer Systems Admin.; 1st Quarter: 7,000; 3rd Quarter: 5,000; Change: minus-2,000Job Classification: Computer Software Engineers; 1st Quarter: 29,000; 3rd Quarter: 29,000; Change: 0Job Classification: Database Administrators; 1st Quarter: 3,000; 3rd Quarter: 3,000; Change: 0Job Classification: Computer Support Specialists; 1st Quarter: 16,000; 3rd Quarter: 18,000; Change: plus-2,000Total -- 1st Quarter: 208,000; 3rd Quarter: 116,000; Change: minus-92,000Despite these gains, 116,000 people remained out of work in those nine career areas in the third quarter. U.S. industry and its lobbyists have been clamoring recently to grant an immediate H-1B cap exemption of 20,000 for foreign-born students who've earned advanced degrees in the United States."Plenty of U.S. citizens are still available for U.S. companies to hire," IEEE-USA's Steadman said. "So, as pleased as we are to see more U.S. technical professionals back to work, we still have thousands on the unemployment rolls. Until we can put more of them back to work, there's really no reason to add another exemption to the H-1B cap.


"IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the IEEE. It was created in 1973 to advance the public good and promote the careers and public-policy interests of the more than 225,000 technology professionals who are U.S. members of the IEEE. The IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society. For more information, go to http://www.ieeeusa.org .http://www.usnewswire.com/-0-/© 2004 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/