Lawmakers push immigration reforms that include green cards for science Phds
Post colleague, Spencer Hsu, wrote Thursday about a plan to overhaul immigration laws:
Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) announced the building blocks Thursday for a new push in Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, outlining a plan to require U.S. citizens and legal immigrants to obtain a new high-tech Social Security card tied to their fingerprints or other biometric identifiers and to create a system to bring in temporary workers as the U.S. economy demands.
The immigration "blueprint," outlined in an opinion column posted on The Washington Post's Web site, drew an immediate vow of support from President Obama, who urged Congress "to act at the earliest possible opportunity."
Here's how the bill could affect the high-tech industry:
Besides creating a to-be-determined system to regulate the future flow of temporary workers in consultation with labor unions and U.S. business groups, the senators said, their plan would award permanent residency to immigrants who receive advanced degrees from a U.S. university in science, technology, engineering or math.
The lawmakers didn't appear to include a proposal to give permanent residency to enterpreneurs of jobs-producing companies that get $100,000 in seed-funding from U.S. venture capital firms. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists were in Washington last month to push for that plan.
March 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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