Immigration Voice, a national grassroots advocacy group committed to addressing problems in the U.S.’s green card system and changing immigration laws to support legal, high-skilled foreign workers, has tapped D.C.-based government relations firm Twinlogic Strategies in response to a contentious immigration bill currently making its way through Congress.
The San Jose-based non-profit, which was founded in 2005, has hired Twinlogic to advocate on behalf of H.R. 392, the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017.” That bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to lift the U.S.’s current per-country cap for employment-based green cards.
Currently, arbitrarily-defined per-country limits in the employment-based green card system creates a massive backlog for many members of the immigrant community who arrive in the U.S. on work visas but find themselves waiting decades for permanent residence, particularly for those originating from high-population countries such as India or China, nations that currently receive the same amount of visas as sparsely populated countries.
The bill’s lead sponsor is Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS). It was previously introduced last year by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who retired from the House of Representatives in June and assumed a contributor role at Fox News.
Twinlogic co-founder Elizabeth Frazee manages the IV account with a three-person team. Frazee, who was formerly legislative director to Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) as well as press secretary to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, left Congress to head government relations at Walt Disney Co, where she was industry rep in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act negotiations and worked the Federal Trade Commission to enact the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
She was later a public policy VP at AOL and helped navigate its blockbuster merger with Time Warner.
Frazee launched Twinlogic in 2009 with Capitol Hill veteran and former Amazon.com public policy director Sharon Ringley.