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Obama urges Senate to pass immigration overhaul bill by end of the summer

By Bill at June 09, 2013 20:41
Filed Under: Immigration News

President Obama again urged Congress to pass immigration reform on June 8th, saying there's "no reason" lawmakers can't come together to put a bill on his desk by "the end of the summer."

The president said, the immigration reform has "got broad support - from Republicans and Democrats, CEOs and labor leaders, law enforcement and clergy. So there is no reason that Congress can't work together to send a bill to my desk by the end of the summer." read more

The Senate has officially beginning a floor debate on the immigration bill on June 7th. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he expected to hold a vote on final passage by July 4.

In the House, members of a bipartisan group of eight lawmakers announced on June 5th that they had "found a way forward" on their own immigration reform proposal. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters that there was enough “general agreement” on bipartisan immigration reform for a measure to pass, saying a bill could be sent to Obama to sign by August.

The Immigration Bill increased the number of H1B Visa and Green Card for foreign workers. If the President could sign the bill into law by the end of the summer, we might have 50,000-75,000 new H1B Visa available starting October 1, 2013.

According to IEEE-USA, the unemployment rate for software engineers in U.S. was 2.2% in the first quarter of 2013, down from 2.8% in 2012. Due to structural unemployment, a 4% unemployment rate is considered as full employment. No wonder the American employers are lobbying hard for more H-1B visa.

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