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UPDATE ON H.R. 3012 – New Amendment from Senator Grassley

June 23, 2012

H.R. 3012 was proposed in the House of Representatives in September 2011 by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Republican, Utah). It eliminates the per-country cap on employment-based permanent resident visas (green cards) as of fiscal year 2015 and raises the family-sponsored per-country cap for green cards. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the House in November 2011, but when it reached the Senate, Senator Charles Grassley (Republican, Iowa), placed a hold on the bill. In December, Senator Grassley proposed an amendment that would have made dramatic changes to the bill. Little action has occurred since then.

Now, one week after the Administration’s announcement on immigration, and on the same day the President addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), one day after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed the group, there are reports of a new amendment on H.R. 3012 from Senator Grassley.

As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA):

On 6/22/12 in ongoing negotiations between key Senators to try and move H.R. 3012, Senator Grassley has proposed new H-1B enforcement language that if agreed to would allow him to lift his objections to the underlying measure and would be incorporated into a new Senate version of H.R. 3012.

HR 3012 Grassley Amendment June 2012

Republicans have been under significant pressure on the issue of immigration since the President’s announcement. Some conservative commentators have criticized the party’s failure to support immigration reform efforts by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who reportedly had difficulty getting support for his bill from his own party.

  1. Paul Wilson permalink

    The link you have posted to the HR 3012 Grassley Amendment June 2012 is actually the old full amendment from Nov 2011, and not the compromise text from June 2012.

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