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High Skill Immigration Reform in the 112th Congress

October 18, 2011

On Sunday, Reuters published an article summarizing the issues surrounding immigration reform for skilled workers.

Past efforts to address shortages of skilled workers have been tied to larger efforts aimed at an overall fix. However, it now appears that all sides in the debate agree that the likelihood of passing comprehensive immigration reform in the 112th Congress is remote.

Scott Corley, head of the Compete America alliance of companies that includes Google, Wal-Mart and Cisco, said there was potential for piecemeal action on skilled immigration before the election.

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives to eliminate green card nationality quotas may be able to clear Congress as a first step, Corley said.

“It’s a technical fix that we could do today,” he said of the bill from Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz.

He added there was possibility of amendments to other pieces of legislation working their way through Congress.



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