Daily Border Bulletin – Movement on highly skilled worker Visa legislation, Holder fires back, erosion for GOP with Hispanic vote

The House voted yesterday to end per-country caps on worker-based immigration visas, a move that should benefit skilled Indian and Chinese residents seeking to stay in the United States and the high-tech companies who hire them. In other news fallout from the Fast and Furious non-scandal continues as Attorney General Eric Holder has asked the Daily Caller to  stop drumming up calls for his resignation. Finally a Latino Decisions poll shows that the Republican party continues to alienate the Hispanic vote with their harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Highly Skilled Workers May Wait Less For Visas  Bipartisan legislation designed to ease the number, type of Visa recipients and Family members easily passed in the House yesterday.   “Its main impact will be to reduce visa backlogs that meant, for example, that some Indians with science or technology skills who were approved recently for permanent resident visas, known as green cards, would face waits of 70 years before they would actually receive the documents. The bill eliminates limits on the number of green cards based on employment that is available annually to each country. Currently, 140,000 green cards are available each year for immigrants based on their job skills, with each country limited to 7 percent of those visas. Under the bill, after a three-year transition, all employment-based green cards will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis, with no country limits.”

Eric Holder to Daily Caller: Quit Pressing Me To Quit As the overall conversation surrounding Fast and Furious dies down, the Daily Caller continues to try and manufacture controversy surrounding the discontinued program. ” Attorney General Eric Holder made an unusual plea Tuesday, urging a conservative news outlet to stop drumming up calls for his resignation. “You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it,” Holder told a reporter for the Daily Caller who asked the attorney general to respond to what the online news organization has tallied as 52 calls for his resignation over the Fast and Furious scandal.

Republicans Continue To Alienate Hispanic Vote A new Latino Decisions poll shows that the GOP continue to deteriorate their standing with Hispanic’s due to their harsh anti-immigrantstances. “Republicans could be hurting their general election chances by calling for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and vowing not to reform the system until the border is secured, a pollster and a Republican strategist said on Tuesday. “Your grandmother once told you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” Gary Segura, a Stanford University professor and the head of the polling firm Latino Decisions, said on a conference call Tuesday. “The truth is that…if Republicans would just shut up, they would do better among Latino voters. I think the drumbeat of negativity really hurts their brand.”

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