There is a big push to get Congress to allow advanced degree graduates in science, technology, engineering and math to automatically get green cards.
The clearest evidence is from U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, (R-Ark.), who says he is working on his own green card bill with the help of Rep. Lamar Smith, who heads the House Judiciary Committee. Smith is the gatekeeper of immigration issuesin the House.
Smith is sending out immigration reform bills piecemeal. He previously worked with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to get legislation approved that would eliminate the per-country caps on the green card.
The Chaffetz bill, once it cleared the Judiciary Committee, won overwhelming House approval, but stalled in the Senate when U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley put a hold on it. Read more...