As we noted in yesterday’s blog post, the bipartisan Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act has been introduced in the Senate with five Republican and five Democratic sponsors. We appreciate the leadership of Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Chris Coons, D-Del., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Jean Shaheen, D-N.H., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Mark Warner, D-Va. Their legislation is thoughtfully drafted, and – if enacted – would do much to fix our broken immigration system and boost our economy.
Among other things, the legislation would:
- Increase the H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000;
- Exempt U.S. STEM advance degree holders from the employment-based green card cap; and,
- Increase education funding to improve the pipeline of U.S. STEM graduates in the long term.
The bipartisan bill is a huge step in the right direction for skilled immigration reform, and we wholeheartedly support its passage. Here is the letter that ITI sent today to Senator Hatch in support of the legislation. We’ll continue to closely follow I-Squared’s progress.