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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."

For the full story, keep reading here. And read Schumer's and Graham's op-ed piece in The Post that outlined the reforms.

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.

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
 
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Once again the greatest generation is being followed by America's worst. I guess the one great failing of the greatest generation was its failure to instill in its children fundamental American values and traditions, as well as a knowledge of history.
In the 1930's the Congress created Social Security as a form of "supplemental income" for the elderly. At the time, the world was watching the growth of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia, and one of the Congress' greates concerns was the danger of creating a "national ID card" that would give the central government the ability to regulate people and especially "movement". For that reason, the Social Security Act was given a specific provision BANNING the use of the SS card as an "identity card" and making it ILLEGAL to request someone's SS Number for any reason other than certain specific financial transactions.
Now, in the name of "security", our generation is selling out. Lindsey Graham is a dimwit, and a false-Republican. Schumer is a socialist who cares nothing for individual liberty when the interests of the central government are in play. I expect no better from these two, but where are the advocates of liberty?

Posted by: MARKM2 | March 19, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The amount of Racism and Anti-American worker garbage coming from single RACE based groups like "La Raza" and their political supporters is disgusting!

Americans have and will work ANY job to support a living for themselves and their families, but its really hard to do with greedy employers and political groups pushing Americans right out of regular blue collars jobs!

Both sides of the isle (Left/Right) have been aiding the illegals to come to the United States with little enforcement as possible, each for their own greedy and power hungry reasons!

Americans citizens and LEGAL immigrants have had ENOUGH!

I joined www.NumbersUsa.com a multi ethnic group of Americans who want REAL Reform...Called Enforcement and NOT Amnesty.

You can send Free Faxes to our so called leaders and let them know we have have ENOUGH!

Posted by: HernandezUSA | March 19, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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