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Old 06-29-2006, 10:06 PM
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Default Congressman Shadegg introduces SKIL in House

We've received information that Congressman John Shadegg of Arizona's 3rd District has introduced SKIL bill in the house and it has 10 Republican Co-Sponsors.

John Shadegg (R-AZ)
John Campbell (R-CA)
K. Michael Conaway (R-TX)
John T. Doolittle (R-CA)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Peter Hoekstra (R-MI)
Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Mike Pence (R-IN)
John Shimkus (R-IL)
Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)

SKIL bill is the same bill that was originally introduced at the begining of this year by Senator John Cornyn of Texas. SKIL was also merged into the Senate version of CIR thru last minute Manager's amendment. And yes, SKIL does have 485 filing provision during retrogression.

SKILL BILL's text can be found here : Text from Sen Cornyn's site

We hope to see this bill pass the House. It may have to jump a few hoops though. In order to bypass the House Judiciary committee it has to be introduced on the house floor and House Republican Leadership can do that. Its a strong possibility given the 10 co-sponsors.

However, it seems that some legislators are realizing that the reform in legal immigration to reduce backlogs is neccesary and overdue and would have to precede CIR if CIR is going to be stalled.

We will update this thread with more information when we know more.

Rep. Shadegg

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awesome news logiclife!

whether folks like immigration or not, there is growing realization that the country needs people with the right skills. its a question of competitiveness.

I mean if i were running a corporation, I would get the best person for the job irrespective of where he comes from. A company is only as good as the people working for it- its as simple as that.

IV's CIR amendments can definately improve this bill....hope they are incorporated. As ones suffering from the backlogs and retrogression, we know what will be helpful..hopefully they listen to us too while they formulate policy about us.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:51 PM
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Thumbs up Wow!

What a great news!!!

Thanks!
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Default Good news but...

...not yet time to rejoice.

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So, this is again a republican initiative? I wouldn't be surprised if IV is behind this too.

Judging by his NumbersUSA records, Rep Shadegg is pretty much against illegal immigration, while supportive of H1-b bills.

There's always hopes.
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Old 06-30-2006, 12:20 AM
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This is definetly a great news...Hope this bill is passed soon.
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I googled it high and low but could not find this news originating today...




Any wise guesses by when we will know ispar or uspar (one way or another)?

Land of the free is in your head

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Old 06-30-2006, 12:40 AM
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in addition to the house republican leadership (Hastert, Boehner) and a couple other influential ones on immigration such as rep Sensenbrenner.

Majority of these sponsoring congressmen have a green (anti-immigration) rating, some of them having a green-red (mixed) rating. However, they're mostly red (pro-immigration) when it comes to h1-b or related skilled worker bills (this even includes sensenbrenner's votes!)..

I did all this search out of boredom, but more importantly to assuage my sinking heart. So it looks like with the sponsorship of 10 pro-skilled immigration republicans, and at least not-against-skilled immigration republican leadership, this represents a good sample of republican votes for the passage.

Question remains how and when this bill will make it to the congressional agenda now that the summer is here already.

I keep my fingers crossed.
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:39 AM
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Default Hopeful & Cautious

This is an interesting development. It will create a clear division among supporters of CIR. It is so enticing to say,"who cares about CIR if we have SKIL" from our perspective. Hopefully this is a sincere effort not just some political posturing.
We will find out.

Please see this post by wolfpok

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from wsj online, washington wire:

June 28, 2006, 4:57 pm
Skilled Bill

In a move that high-tech groups predict could break the impasse over immigration legislation, Arizona’s John Shadegg, a member of the House leadership, says he’ll introduce legislation to increase visas and citizenship opportunities for skilled workers.

The bill mirrors a Senate Republican-sponsored bill and would more than double the number of temporary visas and permanent green cards available to skilled workers each year. The bill also would make it easier for U.S.-educated foreign nationals to stay here after graduation and work in their field of study.

The measure is the first time Republican conservatives in the House have endorsed any immigration bill that didn’t deal solely with border enforcement. A Shadegg spokesman said some House members also favor passing a measure that makes more visas available to agriculture workers. He predicted that action could begin on both measures after Congress comes back from its summer recess — and after a long string of House immigration hearings has run its course.

That still leaves out a guest-worker program and some plan for dealing with illegal immigrants already here, but would inch the House closer to a Senate immigration-overhaul bill.

Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) has insisted he won’t permit any immigration bill to pass until border enforcement is tightened. If a measure that eases visa backlogs for highly skilled workers has to go through his committee, “that could be a problem,” says a Shadegg spokesman.

But high-tech groups say the bill shines attention on their need for skilled workers, and on what they call the dangers to U.S. competitiveness if more visas aren’t made available. “It lets us talk about our issue,” says the National Association of Manufacturers’s Sandra Boyd. –June Kronholz

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http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2006/06/28/skilled-bill/

If we get this thru do we still need CIR? Also I guess this looks more better with the limit introduced by an amendment (don't rememeber who it was) to limit the numbers doesn't come into play
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This is excellent news.
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This is an excellent news logiclife.
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Lets hope this one will Fly all the way.
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