IDEA Act, The DREAM Act's Recently-Introduced Cousin, Would Boost Number of Green Cards


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Not this green card...
If a California congresswoman has her way, a lot more people will get their green cards soon. ​

Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would amp the number of green cards for foreign students and entrepreneurs. 

The students have to meet a lot of criteria, though. They must have at least a master's degree or higher in science, technology, engineering or math and it has to be from a school deemed worthy by the Director of the National Science Foundation. If you care about the nitty-gritty of exactly who fits the bill, check out, well, the bill.

They're calling it the Immigration Driving Entrepreneurship in America Act of 2011. The truncated name: the IDEA Act. I wonder who DREAMed that one up? 

The New York Times' Julia Preston wrote a story yesterday about the IDEA Act and another immigration bill, backed by a Texas Republican, which would mandate that all employers nationwide use E-verify.

Preston writes: 
The measures were a sign that lawmakers here are skeptical that President Obama can reach his goal of passing anytime soon a broad immigration overhaul, which would include giving legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. In a speech last month in El Paso, Mr. Obama insisted that he wanted just such a package. 

Neither bill's future looks too bright. The IDEA Act has only Democratic sponsors and solely Republicans back the other, called the Legal Workforce Act

I guess for now we'll stick with the let's-wait-for-a-magic-wand-to-fix-immigration-in-its-entirety-but-not-do-anything-proactive-in-the-meantime approach. It's been working well so far, right? 
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Sarge
Sarge

On top of all the other issues illegal aliens cause, what about the future of Mexico....we don't need to be taking all of their students, and youths. They need those people for their own healthy growth, even if they are traitors to their country.

Briansays
Briansays

she represents sili valleythis is about high tech workers from india and asiaso why not just combine the bills?because for liberals immigration is about mexico and hispanicsopening borders to mostly unskilled labor and the poor and providing public benefits

HeSaid1
HeSaid1

The answer is NO!.  Why are we helping ILLEGAL ALIENS at all?!?!?!  I guess our own citizens don't need help?

dispel hate
dispel hate

glut of STEP Ph.Ds...do you have any research/reports to cite?

mitch young
mitch young

What a surprise, Zoe Lofgren wants to sell out American workers yet again, and reap the rewards of campaign contributions from he cheap labor loving Silicon Valley masters.  Anyone who follows the issue knows that there is a glut of STEM Ph.Ds , and that programmers and other techies over forty don't have a chance to get hired in their fields.

mitch young
mitch young

We don't need tech workers either. Some of the biggest H1-B users are Indian body shop companies (Infosys, Tata Consulting) who use their 'immigrant' co-ethnics as a foot in the door to take the work back to India.

This is about cheap labor -- that it is high tech cheap labor doesn't make that any different. BTW both Apple and Microsoft were founded at a time when the US had record low immigrant populations.

mitch young
mitch young

Why yes, I do, from the grandaddy of also science journals, in fact.

"In some countries, including the United States and Japan, people who have trained at great length and expense to be researchers confront a dwindling number of academic jobs, and an industrial sector unable to take up the slack. Supply has outstripped demand and, although few PhD holders end up unemployed, it is not clear that spending years securing this high-level qualification is worth it for a job as, for example, a high-school teacher."

http://www.nature.com/news/201...

 

Andy Marshall
Andy Marshall

Mitch Young, dont behave so young. When two (out of a million other) companies were "created" has nothing to do with how immigration impacts this nation. I agree with stopping Infosys and Tata Consulting, among others, from taking advantage of a very valid and need program. The problem with comments such as yours, and half-a$$ed thinking such as this is that colors the real issue blind. Your previous comment shows the same blindness... just because working for a phd is not considered "great" for monetary gains in an individual's personal life/career anymore - by one single study - doesnt mean that US should stop attracting such individuals. The question that should keep every american awake at night is that who's going to be building the next great innovation - the chinese professor? or the american chinese professor?

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