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Senator Grassley Removes his Hold on H.R. 3012

July 14, 2012

The National Journal is reporting that Senator Grassley has removed his hold on HR 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Republican Chuck Grassley on Wednesday removed a huge barrier to legislation that could speed the doddering visa system for highly skilled immigration. He removed his “hold” on legislation that would ease the immense backlogs for applicants from India and China, home to many superskilled immigrants. President Obama has endorsed the bill, and ironically, so has the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, which passed the bill last year.

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Grassley had been the holdout in the Senate (although there may be others lurking behind him) keeping the bill from moving forward. He wanted the Senate to take up legislation that he and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin have been working on for years to reform the H-1B temporary visa program.

Both Durbin and Grassley worry that the H-1B program is rife with fraud, exploits foreign workers, and puts U.S. job seekers at a disadvantage. He lifted his objection to the green-card quota bill after he struck a deal with Democrats to include enhanced oversight and annual compliance audits to the H-1B program.


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