STEM Jobs Act bill fails in Senate

The STEM Jobs Act bill that offered permanent residence visas for foreigners with advanced degrees was brought to halt on December 6, 2012, by Senate Democrats as they did not support the initiative brought up by the Republicans.  Though the bill passed the House of Representatives with majority despite the opposition of most Democrats on November 30, 2012, it came as a blow to Republicans’ effort toward immigration reform when Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s attempt to seek unanimous consent to consider the bill was not entertained on Wednesday.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (Dem.) expressed his objection by stating that though the Democrats supported STEM visas, taking away other important visas, Diversity Visa Program in this case, is not only unfair but uncalled for. After suffering major blow in Election 2012, which saw Hispanics making the winning decision, a comprehensive approach toward immigration reform has been called for.

STEM Bill is the Republicans’ step toward such reform, but it dealt with strong opposition from Democrats, for it created grounds for division by deciding winners and losers among people from various backgrounds seeking for permanent residency. Granting 55,000 visas for graduates and masters from STEM field would only mean cancelling that many visas of Diversity Visa Program, which provided an opportunity for less-educated ones to obtain permanent residency, mostly immigrants from Africa.

The STEM bill, however, would have made it easy for the spouses and immediate families of the green card holders in the United States to enter the country with only a waiting period of one year from applying for green card.


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