#CIRmarkup: The Time Is Now For Comprehensive, Smart Reform

From The Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Staff
S. 744: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
#CIRmarkup: The Time Is Now For Comprehensive, Smart Reform

RECAP:  On Thursday, May 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its markup of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The Committee debated a total of 33 amendments offered by both Republicans and Democrats to the “pre-title” and Title I of the bill, which focused on border security.  A total of 21 amendments were adopted, all but one with bipartisan support. 

Coming Up Today in the Committee

Today, the Committee will turn to Title IV of the bill, which pertains to non-immigrant visas.  The Committee is expected to first consider amendments to Subtitles A-C, relating to high-skilled workers. 

The Committee is expected to recess for the weekly caucus lunches shortly before 1:00 p.m., and will resume session around 2:00 p.m.

The nation’s immigration system must be reformed to meet pressing labor needs.

High-skilled immigrant workers, like high-skilled American workers, are part of the engine that fuels our economy, stimulating growth and keeping the United States at the forefront of innovation and invention. 
From 1990 to 2005, foreign-born nationals founded more than 25 percent of the technology start-ups in the United States, including Google, eBay, Yahoo! and Intel, which now employ some 220,000 people in the United States. Immigrants or their children founded more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies. [Kauffman, 2009; PNAE 2012; BusinessWeek, 10/8/12]

Studies have estimated that foreign-born graduates of U.S. universities who work in STEM fields each create on average 2.62 jobs for American workers. [ITIC/Partnership for a new Economy/Chamber of Commerce, 11/30/12]

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act would exempt STEM graduates who receive a master’s degree or higher from an institute of higher education in the United States from the cap on employment-based visas.  It would also exempt STEM doctoral degree holders and other highly-skilled professionals from the cap.  The United States boasts some of the top educational institutions in the world; our immigration system should encourage those who come here to learn to stay and contribute to our growing economy.

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