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[OPT] 我发给美国少数族裔同学的求助信,供参考

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cokecasper 发表于 2015-11-10 18:29:32 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式


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本帖最后由 cokecasper 于 2015-11-10 18:34 编辑


Dear XXX,
. 鐗涗汉浜戦泦,涓浜╀笁鍒嗗湴
Many thanks for your time!

I am writing to ask for your help — to express your support for the DHS proposal to extend optional Practical Training (OPT) for stem students by 24 months under some restraints.
OPT is a training program to allow international students to work in America after they graduate, in the fields related to their major. Without OPT opportunity, we have to go back to our country of origin no matter whether we could find a job here. You could find introduction to OPT program here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optional_Practical_Training

STEM students used to have 29 months’ of OPT, but it is revoked by an anti-immigrant organization called "Washington Alliance of Technology Workers” this October, for a purely procedural loophole. Currently, we only have 12 months. It is far from sufficient for us to start a company, finish a research project, make something improve people’s welfare, and/or accomplish almost any other meaningful tasks that I could think of in America.

To help us achieve our productive goals in this country, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put forward a new extension proposal for OPT about one month ago. According to this proposal, we will be allowed to work in US for 3 years after graduation. If this proposal becomes valid policy, we will have sufficient time to make an accomplishment after we graduate, and contribute to this country as much as we can.

This proposal needs public endorsement to become valid. In the past few weeks, thousands of people have expressed their support for this document. Many of them mentioned that international students have both the will and the capability to contribute to America and American people if they are allowed to work here, which in my opinion is reflecting the reality at least in the most scenarios I have observed.

However, organizations similar to "Washington Alliance of Technology Workers” are trying to kill this proposal. Sadly, some strategies they use to achieve this goal, at least from my perspective, are not very fair and transparent. In the most recent week, we saw some websites providing templates of policy comment on this issue, and increasingly many dubiously similar anti-OPT comments appeared that share almost the same wording and points. Worse still, many comments seem to have expressed a bitterly xenophobic feeling towards “foreigners” vs. Americans, and urged to oust us as soon as possible. This reminds me of the Chinese Exclusion Act.(注:我认为这句话非常重要,一定要加。少数族裔最敏感的就是racial descrimination,而排华法案的精神和现在的排移民人士的精神是完全一致的(那些华人并没有公民权)。尤其对于早先移民过来的民国、港澳台、东南亚华人,这是心底的痛,非常能引起共鸣)。
. From 1point 3acres bbs
On top of this, most comments misunderstood the true influence of international students in the job market – they complain about low minimum wages, but given the restraints of current OPT policies and visa system, international students basically do not have the opportunity to even enter into the market of low-paid jobs.

I understand their feelings, and appreciate their courage to stand out and speak for people in hardship and for social justice. However, I could not agree that ousting us is the solution to their difficulties. It is also hard for me to agree with the distinction between “them and us”.

We are not here to deprive American people of their right to work. We come here to create more jobs and improve their quality of life. International students makes our science great (http://www.psmag.com/nature-and- ... science-great-75166); Fortune 500 companies founded by “foreigners” employed 3.6 million workers around the world in 2011 and were responsible for more than $1.7 trillion in revenues in 2010, according to the Partnership For A New American Economy (http://www.renewoureconomy.org/s ... e-500-june-2011.pdf).

Many of my friends are starting companies after they graduate, and hire Americans for their positions. They have to overcome all the cost brought by this surprisingly outdated and inefficient visa system to make that happen. If we make it harder, we make it harder for them to hire Americans and create cool things that make people’s lives better. If we oust them, we lose these opportunities forever. There is an old proverb in China – “to quench a thirst with poisonous water”. To drive international students away without further scrutiny is rarely different from discarding water in exchange for poison.

Many Chinese students have already made their voices heard. However, the opinions of American citizens are also needed in order to let the government agency know the situation better. Therefore, I am wondering if you could kindly help us by writing your comment on this proposal. You could write your comments here: https://www.federalregister.gov/ ... s-and#open-comment. Any opinions are welcome (even if you are against this proposal, I could understand and respect your points of view). If you are specifically interested and would like to make a solid argument, there are some factual resources I found for your reference:


I appreciate your efforts and sincerely hope we could contribute our efforts together to help the government make the right decision. Thank you!





Frankhappens 发表于 2015-11-11 00:22:31 | 显示全部楼层
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forever2xxx 发表于 2015-11-11 06:40:22 | 显示全部楼层
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 楼主| cokecasper 发表于 2015-11-11 19:07:31 | 显示全部楼层
更新一下:同学热情洋溢地写了一封非常有说服力,而且很长的argument letter,并且offer在facebook转发给各种Chinese activists。
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