Saturday, November 24, 2012

High Skilled vs. Low Skilled: House to consider a limited immigration bill next week

House Republicans still smarting from their poor showing among Hispanics in the U.S. presidential election are planning a vote next week on immigration legislation that would both expand visas for foreign science and technology students and make it easier for those with green cards to bring their immediate families to the U.S. 
The House voted on a STEM bill -- standing for science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- in September, but under a procedure requiring a two-thirds majority. It was defeated, with more than 80 percent of Democrats voting against it, because it offset the increase in visas for high-tech graduates by eliminating another visa program that is available for less-educated foreigners, many from Africa.
Republicans are changing the formula this time by adding a provision long sought by some immigration advocates -- expanding a program that allows the spouses and minor children of people with permanent residence, or green card, to wait in the United States for their own green cards to be granted.
Read the full story HERE.

Let me get this straight. Republicans want to bring in those who will eventually fill higher paying profession/technical jobs. While the Democrats want to bring in the lower skilled foreigners who would be more likely to need government assistance somewhere along the line. Well I know where I stand on this. What about you?

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Bob said...

If you can't support yourself from the get go, stay where you are.

Anonymous said...

Bob, very true, that is the way for immigrants to come. But since we don't have jobs for 20 million Americans, why bring more of any category?

I graduated with a degree in advanced mathematics and science. They brought in students from Germany for their final fourth year. This was against University Policy. The students behaved like mad dogs, and signed up for hours of lab time that they never intended to use, just to keep other students from getting enough time in the lab to finish their projects. I believe my college took these students because they could charge them more money. Taxpayers are denied the education, as they are 'forced' to supplement many foreigner's educations.