Democrats Kill House GOP Immigrant Visa Plan After GOP Eliminates Diversity Lottery

Chron, September 20, 2012

A House bill to increase visas for immigrants with American degrees in the science, technology, engineering and medicine fields was shot down Thursday. At 257-158, it failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority to pass.

A cry to bring the “best and the brightest” immigrants to the U.S. rang out from both sides of the House, but in the end screams of “yea” and “nay” drowned out chances of unison.

“Unfortunately, Democrats today voted to send the best and brightest foreign graduates back home to work for our global competitors,” the bill’s sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, said in a statement. “Democrats voted against a bill that helps American businesses hire the most qualified foreign graduates with advanced STEM degrees. Their vote against this bill is a vote against economic growth and job creation.”

The STEM Jobs Act of 2012 would reallocate 55,000 visas for American-educated immigrants with doctorates and masters in the high demand fields. {snip}

Both sides are on board to give more visas to highly educated immigrants. Compromise ground to a halt over what Democrats called a poison pill that would eliminate the diversity visa lottery, a program to randomly select immigrants from underrepresented countries.

“This is the perfect instance for collaboration and bipartisanship,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, argued on the floor Thursday. “(But) I cannot vote for a bill that will allow us to eliminate the diversity visa lottery.”


Republicans argued the lottery is a broken system fraught with fraud (both the Department of State and the Federal Trade Commission have issued warnings against scams) and allows terrorists to slip through the borders. Democrats said it’s some immigrants’ only shot at a green card and Republicans are playing a “zero sum game.”


In the end Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., wrote another version of the bill her way. Introduced Sept. 14, Attracting the Best and the Brightest Act kept the diversity lottery, included a two-year expiration date, disqualified degrees from for-profit colleges and mandated equal pay for immigrants with the same qualifications. It was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.


“The Republican STEM bill failed this vote because it is misguided legislation that would curtail legal immigration to the United States,” Hinojosa said in a statement. “This country was built by immigrants and it is sad to see an obvious division in the U.S. House of Representatives when the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus join together to defeat a bill that does not reflect the true American way.”


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  • dmxinc

    What option is left except civil war?  Don’t want it.  My life is pretty good, but the future is going to be as horrible for almost everyone as it is for quite a few Americans already.

  • Puggg

    So you get to choose between H1Bs on one side (being hung) or diversity visas on the other side (getting shot).  Oh well, I guess it’s A3P for me.

    • I’d encourage you to consider the Constitution Party–Virgil Goode is doing a good job arguing for  shutting down not just illegal but legal immigration until unemployment falls below 5 percent (,  He’s a good man.

      Most of these H1-Bs have very mediocre skills (consider the poor bomb-making ability of the Pakistani Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, originally in America on a H1-B visa)–most of what they know is by learning on-the-American-job, training that should instead be given to Americans.  Mitt “staple a green card to every foreign national with a U.S. (and now foreign) degree” Romney’s love of foreign workers taking the jobs of Americans domestically as well as his support for tariff exemptions on foreign-made products aka free trade (the lost tax revenue to be made up taxation on domestic manufacturing, further aggravating our trade deficit) shows his disregard for the American worker and economy.  Obama is roughly the same as Romney on these matters.  They say that a vote for Goode is a vote for Obama, but actually a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama.

      •  I don’t care, A3P, Constitution Party, whatever.  I’m not in a swing state, so I’m voting for an alternative.  Whoever is on the ballot.

        I’m leaning towards A3P, though, because they are explicitly pro-white.  The Constitution Party still thinks they need to try to be respectable for the anti-white media.  The Republicans might, but a third party should stand for what it stands for.

      • tremendouscoast


        I am with you on this.  I also vote in a state not in play so I will gladly give my vote to Virgil Goode.

    • All the diversity lottery ever has done is bring more Africans to this country as if we need any more. I would rather bring in Aussies or Kiwis than these Africans.

  • mobilebay

    So, are there no “best and brightest” Americans who are among the many unemployed out there? Why must we continue to import foreigners? Aside from the obvious of competing for jobs, we are assuring that added mass immigration will be a serious drain on our natural resources. We don’t have anyone with the courage to stop illegal immigration, so somethings got to give. As far as the visa lottery, that was an insane idea to begin with.

    • The__Bobster

      There are about one million unemployed or underemployed STEM professionals in America. Of course they’re too “expensive” to hire.

  • potato78

    I fully support the kill of the visa plan to protect those true americans who really need a job in science, technology, engineering, and medicine fields.

    • potato78

      At this point, we should not care which party at all,  as long as the plan was killed, which might hurt its citizens in US. Next time join republican side to kill “diversity plan”.

  • dmxinc

    Great how Obamacare needed only majority plus one in the House to pass, but the rules are such that a pro-American bill like this one needs 2/3’s majority.

  • Bringing in the “best and the brightest.” That’s funny. In the 50’s-60’s the folks in hollywood gave us Ricardo Montleban and Desi Arnez. How exotic and sexy. Whoops, in real life, Ricardo Montelban isn’t crawling across the border, these guys are:

  • Good.  The Democrats have shown that they only like immigration as long as it’s people who need welfare.

    Are the Republicans going to hammer them with this, and with the report about how many legal and illegal aliens are here on welfare?

    Of course not, the media is too anti-white.

    What we need to do is get our fellow whites to understand how genocidally anti-white the traditional media and its liberals and respectable conservatives are.

    Anyone ever been to a socialist meeting?  I went to one once.  They were talking about how not even Black people like Obama, there was a clear sense that they understood that they were white, and they believed that they were acting in the interests of white people.  But what they were advocating for, was ultimately anti-white.

     Most white people want pro-white policies.  We can win this.

  • IstvanIN

    But why do white Democrats want to see their children murdered, raped, discriminated against?

  • Instead of looking for American educated foreigners. Why not have incentives for talented Americans in STEM fields? A good incentive would be forgiving student loan debt for those who get an advanced degree in STEM? Another incentive would be getting industry involved with internships and jobs for these students when they graduate.

  • IKantunderstand

    Let me be perfectly clear. This country is already perfectly  built. It was built by White people. Specifically, Anglo-Saxons, Celts, Germans, etc. It was NOT built by sub saharan africans(you know, the very same people who never developed a written language , or for crying out loud (gasp) the WHEEL)! This country was built by White people, FOR White people, period. We don’t need any more immigration. Legal or whatever.This country did just fine on the efforts of Americans: You know, people like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan. If you want to keep pushing the concept that this country was built by immigrants…fine, let’s start talking about the race of the immigrants who actually did something for this country. Please tell me , what the hell did Mexicans do for the United States of America? What the hell did moslems do for the United States of America? What the hell did chinese(asians) do for the United States of America?And finally, what the hell did the negroes do for the United States of America?( And please, that whole slavery thing, that is so over).  WE SERIOUSLY WISH THAT THE SLAVERY THING NEVER HAPPENED! Not because it was so awful, but mainly because we are now COMPLETELY STUCK with the after affects.The fact  of the matter remains: The United States of America was founded by White people for White people. Period.

  • Sheila Jackson is a militant black, who hates this country and wants to flood it with third-world browns, in order to destroy White America. This is her life’s mission.