Remember when Bill Gates argued that if we don't allow more H-1Bs into the country Microsoft will move engineering jobs overseas? Similar arguments are made for allowing more cute girls into the U.S. [VDARE.com note: Approach with caution.]
"If there are girls that we can't get into the United States, the client is going to take that business elsewhere," said Corinne Nicolas, president of Trump Model Management. "The market is calling for foreign girls."
Weiner's bill will move fashion models out of the H-1B category, which is in short supply, and into the P visa category, which has no yearly quota and offers unlimited yearly extensions. P visas are used mostly for entertainers and athletes. It has an anchor baby provision that allows spouses and unmarried children to accompany the P Visa holder.
Weiner's bill effectively increases the number of available H-1B visas because 1,000 fashion models will no longer affect the yearly cap on H-1B. Fewere fashion models on H-1Bs means more visas that can be used to import engineers and programmers.
All of this sounds too good to be true (the more beautiful women part at least) so I did some research to find out if there is any truth to the two articles included below. The prospect of importing beautiful women into the U.S. got me so excited I worked throughout the evening to verify the existence of the bill (which explains why I'm sending it so late, Oink! Oink!).
Here it is:
H.R. 4080: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a separate nonimmigrant classification for fashion models
Unfortunately the bill doesn't have any co-sponsors so it's unclear if Congress is going to support it. When time permits, be sure to call your representative and ask why he/she hasn't signed on as a co-sponsor. You might even ask Hillary Clinton if she will sponsor the Weiner bill in the Senate.
Click on the link to the NY Daily News article to see some pictures of the hotties that might use the new P visa category. After seeing those pictures you will probably agree that sacrificing an additional 1,000 programming jobs is a price worth paying!
Weiner: Bring on hotties from overseas
By Jo Piazza And David Saltonstall
June 11th 2008,
Give me your torrid, your pure, your totally smokin' foreign babes.
Apparently, the 43-year-old Weiner - now going steady with Hillary Clinton aide and Vogue hottie Huma Abedin - thinks New York needs more professional catwalkers from Europe, Asia and other fabulous places.
"From Fashion Week to our vibrant publishing industry to the many designers that call New York City home, fashion is a vital part of our economy that drives thousands of jobs," Weiner told the Daily News. [More]