Comment: Will STEM Take Root? -
Comprehensive immigration reform, while it is constantly in media, seems far from becoming a reality. Roll Call reports here that the latest talks in regard to such reform have revolved around high-tech visas to be given to graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics [STEM] from American universities. In October, members from the offices of House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) met to reach some sort of bipartisan agreement in a final effort to pass legislation in the 112th Congress. The proposed plan is to reallocate 55,000 green cards from the visa lottery program to STEM graduates; however, the presidential election taking place tomorrow has proven to cause difficulty in coming to a compromise. The uncertainty of the outcome has caused a likely equivocation for members of the two parties. After President Obama recently announced that he would push harder for comprehensive reform if elected for a second term, Democrats are hesitant to come to a compromise in November and December for high-tech visas because, in relation to an all-inclusive reform, just a certain type of visa is merely a small part of the whole. Meanwhile, if Mr. Romney is elected, Republicans will be less likely to come to a compromise in November and December as, in January when Mr. Romney would take office, they would be able to easily negotiate legislation that is more appealing for the party. Regardless of how hesitant either party might be to come to a compromise and pass legislation for high-tech visas, it is still commendable that the two parties have found the common ground of allowing visas for STEM graduates. With the amount of resources invested in educating these graduates, it is a shame that they are seemingly being forced to travel to other countries and finding employment with competitors because they are unable to attain permanent residency in the US. In light of the elections tomorrow, compromise is plausible but is it possible? Share your thoughts on this final attempt to pass high-tech visa legislation by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Focus: Following the trend: E-verify and Electronic
Tuesday, November 6 is the deadline to sign up for the Thursday, November 8 phone session of " Advanced Topics in I-9 and E-Verify " with Addie Hogan, Tiffany Hill, Nici Kersey, Avalyn Langemeier, Mehreen Shah, Julie Pearl and others to be announced The curriculum is as follows:
i. Advantages and disadvantages
ii. Employer responsibilities
iii. Federal contractors
iv. Self-verification and the IMAGE program
f. Electronic Verification systems
i. I-9 software. Is it worth it?
ii. Best practices to make the most of electronic verification systems
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