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Senators battle over tech worker visas

Silicon Valley tech companies are aggressively seeking looser requirements to “hire American workers first” to fill tech jobs, potentially splitting the bipartisan Gang of Eight coalition that put together the huge immigration bill. The Senate Judiciary Committee worked through a series of tech-related amendments Tuesday that revealed divisions over the issue in both parties. The  

Dianne Feinstein wins vote to ban drones within three miles of border

As the Senate Judiciary plowed through dozens of amendments to its giant immigration overhaul, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., won a vote to limit the Border Patrol’s use of drones to within three miles of the Mexican border. Feinstein said drone technology is growing “beyond our ability to manage how they are used,” citing privacy concerns,  

Ten ways you could feel Friday’s $85B federal budget cuts

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Obama embraces gay, lesbian bi-nationals on immigration

As expected, President Obama endorsed inclusion of bi-national same sex couples in his own immigration framework announced in Las Vegas Tuesday, in contrast to Monday’s bipartisan Senate framework which omitted mention of gays and lesbians. Obama did not mention bi-nationals in his Las Vegas speech but they were included in the written fact sheet, endorsing […]

New effort to increase visas for tech workers as high as 300,000

The tech industry, one of the most powerful players in the immigration debate, threw down its marker Tuesday with a bipartisan stand-alone bill to increase H-1B visas for skilled workers from 65,000 to 115,000 with an escalator that could bring total visas to 300,000 a year. Silicon Valley has been chafing under H-1B caps since […]

Rubio advocates for comprehensive effort, not bill, on immigration

“This will take a while. There is not a magic solution to this. I believe we have to do it and I believe we can do it,” Rubio said.

House passes bill to increase visas for highly educated immigrants

A bill to increase the number of visas for highly educated immigrants and allow families to stay in the United State while their visas are processed was passed in the House today by a vote of 245-139.

The STEM Jobs Act, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, would increase the number of visas available for students who graduated from American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees by 55,000 a year.

Hutchison, Kyl propose plan similar to DREAM Act — but without citizenship

The “Achieve Act” creates a three tier system for illegal immigrants of “good moral character” under the age of 28 who were brought to the U.S. before the age of 14 to obtain legal standing while pursuing higher education or military service.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, Republicans turn attention to immigration reform

Republicans are in damage-control mode after their rough election and they’re zeroing in on a new goal. It’s immigration, stupid.

Top GOP members are turning to immigration reform as the solution to an image of the party tainted by negative rhetoric toward Latinos that came up this election. Mitt Romney reopened fresh wounds when he said President Barack Obama was reelected because he bribed minority groups with “extraordinary gifts from the government.”

Obama promises to push for comprehensive immigration reform by January

Four years ago, President-elect Barack Obama promised to push for comprehensive reform to fix a broken immigration system by the end of his first year in office. This afternoon, at his first press conference since winning re-election last week, President Obama promised to push for comprehensive reform to fix a broken immigration system by next […]