On Friday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor against the STEM Visa bill.
From Gutierrez’s office: “This bill would kill the Diversity Visa Program and use some of those green cards to create a program for graduates of U.S. universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math. It would also create different rules for how the spouses and minor children of STEM visa degree holders with PhDs and Master’s Degrees are treated in our immigration law as compared to spouses and minor children of those without higher degrees. Wednesday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) held a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to release their principles for immigration reform (link) that includes the creation of a STEM visa program.”
The STEM visa bill passed in the house 245-139 on Friday and has little chance of passing in the Senate. The Democrats want to push for a larger immigration reform bill that would resolve the status of the 11 million undocumented people currently residing in the country.