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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Bipartisan Stem Bill Introduced

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Earlier today I blogged about Senator Cornyn's STAR bill promoting the immigration of science, technology, engineering and math professionals. Another bill just introduced that received a little less publicity, but which also is targeted at promoting STEM immigration is the SMART Bill (Sustaining our Most Advanced Researchers and Technology). Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons and Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander are co-sponsors. The bill revives a concept in comprehensive immigration reform proposals from the recent past that calls for the creation of an F-4 visa for STEM students that tracks in to a green card.


Despite the lack of media coverage, Senator Alexander says he has quietly garnered broad bipartisan support - about 35 members of each party.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    But, can he get past Charles Grassley and Dick Durbin?
  2. Limbo's Avatar
    What would be great is if someone knowledgeable in the field of immigration law could do a strawman summary of both bills, and a comparison between the two.

    Some questions that linger:

    Would either bill allow people already in the EB queues (with appropriate U.S. education) to be first in line, or would only new people qualify (unfair).

    Do country caps affect people who would otherwise qualify under these bills?

    Why doesn't the Cornyn bill allocate some of the DV numbers to FB to get the Hispanic lobby on board!! This is a no-brainer and worked to propel HR3012 through the house.
  3. SAM's Avatar
    Would either bill allow people already in the EB queues (with appropriate U.S. education) to be first in line, or would only new people qualify (unfair).

    It may not give direct benefit for those who are waiting. But in those persons STEM graduates should be eligible to apply. It will treat new people and existing people in same queue. But if PD recapture is allowed then those who are waiting(if eligible) then people in queue already will get gc first than new persons

    Will Grassley block? It is obvious that he will block unless you compromise or override(60 Votes needed in Senate)
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