The current GC queue is optimized for diversity (country cap) and a bit of merit (EB1,2,3), however there’s much to be desired since country based queues are imbalanced and abuse by consulting companies is rampant. Since everyone generally agrees that employee based immigration ought to be merit based, how would you define “merit” and sort the GC queue in the most effective way?
I would assume a score can be derived by normalizing all the different components - compensation, cost of living, field of work, college degree, school ranking, perf reviews (!!), and perhaps non-merit based components as well if truly needed such as country, language and gender! I’m not saying a new solution won’t be abused, but I think we have more data than before at our disposal to come up with a smarter solution.
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Political system won't change for you. It is like molasses. You have to take effort to change. 'Someone else will do - I don't have to do' - is our attitude.
Daca is in rocks, but majority in the hill is okay to pass - mainly because of their advocacy. Deep pockets - lots of congressional offices behind the cause. Oh and DACA kids are non citizens just like you. They have no special previleges. However, their awareness of the system and ability to navigate is impressive.
This article sums up how well advocacy funded daca is:
Folks on the hill care because they have been well oiled by lobbyist to sing the way daca kids want - not because one day someone woke up and thought this is a great idea to do. Daca advocacy has been going on for 17 years - no kidding. They haven't got anything yet. But they didn't give up. They continued to push when things didn't go their way. At this point, they are reasonably on autopilot, because of all the advocacy they have done. Even so, every day - a bunch of DACA folks show up in Hill knocking congressional offices and Senate offices seeking support. (How do I know? I was in DC several months back and I saw some DACA kids in Rayburn office. I asked them how often they come and they said everyday we have some folks come from different parts of the country).
In the last RNC - there were close to 1000 DACA receipents who attended. There were less than a million who received DACA EAD - indicates 0.1% of them are politically active enough to attend an event in person.
H1 folks usually have this argument that I can't vote, why would they hear me - also falls flat. Daca kids infact aren't even legal on paper and often have a family member who could be deported anytime. If anything they should be 100 times more scared and they show up in every political event.
Folks on h1 won't bother contributing donations - forget about flying to DC. And of course there is one group that blindly follows lawyers and goes around spewing wrong info about the bill (392). This hurts the cause.
Another partisan bunch is a branch of itserve, the same bunch of crony consultant companies. These were the same folks about whom there were leaked videos of them worried about i140 EAD taking away the leverage they have with employees. These are also folks who go around saying 392 won't help and promise a pie in the sky that serves to undermine the cause.
To be honest, there is only one group (Immigration voice) that does this advocacy and they only focus on one thing (hr392) for a good reason - nothing gets done if you don't have focus.
It's easy to be naysayer in Hill and be right , the system optimizes for status quo.
We of course have folks who will come up with 20 different ideas, without doing anything on the ground. In their pani Puri parties, they will go around saying - 'man you know, I had this perfect vision of how this system should work. It sad that US won't do anything like what I have in mind'. (If you wonder why I am quoting it, I had this experience in person and I am pretty sure if you spoke this issue to 5 people, you can find one such person in your circle).