September 20, 2012
by TechCrunch

A Republican immigration reform bill to grant more visas to high-skilled immigrants is facing an uphill battle in Congress. The proposed bill, The STEM Jobs Act, trades the 55,000 visas allotted under the Diversity Immigrant Visa program to underrepresented nations, especially Africa, and reallocates them to foreign-born students with American graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math. House Democrats, led by California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, have offered their own high-skilled alternative, which notably keeps the diversity program. The predictable partisan division, which will likely prevent any meaningful immigration reform before next year, underscores a fundamental debate between those who prioritize diversity over fast-tracking, high-skilled immigrants. Late last night, prominent tech lobbies threw their support behind the Republican’s bill.

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