I recently received the following email. I’m not too familiar with the H-1B guest worker program, but did read the Wikipedia entry of the program and controversy and was a bit surprised at just how strict the program is… how restrictive it is on the workers who come here and how they pay all the taxes we pay without any of the entitlements. It seems to me that if someone is here, working and pulling their own weight and paying all their taxes they should receive the benefits they pay for… or don’t tax them. People shouldn’t be charged for what they don’t receive.
I found your website through the Burlington Free Press. It appears that you are involved with immigration issues and have a great passion for such. I am a recent immigrant from Sweden, having gone through the H-1B guest worker program. Are you familiar with the H-1B visa? It seems like the current immigration debate only focuses on illegal immigrants. However, because the H-1B program is a virtual prison due to its extreme restrictions, leading to employer abuse of H-1B workers and problems traveling, I hope that this program gets an overhaul as well in Congress under the current bills. Currently, H-1B is an ignored aspect of US immigration. I am passionate about the H-1B issue due to the inhumane and cruel consequences this visa type has on its beneficiaries. Please consider bringing this up as well if you have an opportunity to communicate your thoughts on immigration to legislators, community members, or media. If possible, I would love to speak on this issue to an audience should that opportunity present itself. The Free Press is doing a story on this very visa profiling my experiences, which I hope will serve as a wake-up call to others how messed up the LEGAL immigration system is, including the existing H-1B guest worker program. My goal is to raise awareness about the H-1B visa problems that keep being neglected.
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