The Senate Judiciary Committee today begins what promises to be an ambitious effort over the next few weeks to review and consider amendments to S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, otherwise known as the bipartisan “Gang of 8” immigration reform bill. The committee has a webcast of the markup. And here are some other resources that may be helpful to you:
- The proposed “Gang of 8” legislation;
- The package of changes proposed by the bipartisan sponsors;
- A tracked version of the legislation reflecting the proposed sponsor changes; and,
- A site to track proposed amendments during the committee work.
As the Committee's markup moves forward, we’ll have analysis and insight on the ITI Blog. Be sure to check back for updates.
Our priority going into the markup is straightforward: to advance high-skilled immigration reforms that best serve the national interest. We believe that immigration policy is innovation policy and, as we review proposed changes and work with Senators and their staffs, we’ll keep that belief as our North Star. We’ll ask the simple question: Does any proposed change help to make the bill a more effective engine for growing economic opportunity and creating jobs in the United States? We’re already working with our member companies on improvements designed to avoid unintended consequences and ensure that skilled immigration policies work as intended and for the benefit of the U.S. economy.
If this were a baseball game, today’s Judiciary Committee markup places us in the early innings of a long process that could go extra innings. The results of the markup, in large part, will set the tone for the rest of the debate and determine whether the legislation will further gain momentum through additional bipartisan support as it moves to the full Senate.
We hope that the members of the Judiciary Committee will seize this moment and approve a bill that will align immigration policy with our national economic interests, and result in a stronger innovation economy for the U.S., with new opportunities, new industries, and new jobs.