The news around Comprehensive Immigration Reform is moving at a breakneck pace.* On Tuesday, President Obama will speak in Las Vegas.* This is expected to be the launch for the President’s plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.* The President is firmly behind CIR and likely will sign any bill that legalizes most or all of the 12 million or so undocumented.*
The House of Representatives was expected to be a different story.* Unlike the Senate, which is controlled by the President’s Democratic party, the House is controlled by the Republicans who were expected to put up a bigger fight on immigration.*
Yet, in a closed door meeting on Friday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told the Ripon Society that a group of dedicated policy wonks and politicians have been meeting on and off for three or four years and that, “Frankly, I think they basically have an agreement”.
As if that weren’t encouraging enough, Computerworld reported on Friday that a bipartisan group of influential Senators were ready to introduce a high-skilled immigration bill, the Immigration Innovation Act,* that calls for the H-1B cap to increase to 115,000 per year, from its current 65,000.* The H-1B cap would contain a “market-based escalator” that would increase or decrease the H-1B cap as employer-demand ebbed and flowed, although it could never fall below the 115,000 threshold.* *Read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at*www.musillo.com*or*www.ilw.com. *You can also*visit us on*Facebook*and follow us on*Twitter.
Christopher T. Musillo is a partner at MusilloUnkenholt Immigration Law. He is a graduate of Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. When not zealously representing his clients, Chris enjoys outdoor sports, listening to music, traveling and reading.