A bill that would halt employment-based immigration from any countries other than India or China is headed back to the floor of the U.S. Senate next week.
If it passes, immigration policy experts estimate that for the next 10 years or so, Indian nationals, as well as a small number of Chinese nationals, would be the only foreign workers able to obtain green cards through employment — a move that would crush U.S. businesses seeking other talented foreign employees.
On Thursday, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee attempted to pass the House’s “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act” — the Senate version is S.B. 386 — by unanimous consent on the Senate floor. The move, essentially a voice vote, bypasses Senate procedure in an attempt to pass legislation quickly. But it fails if just one senator opposes holding a voice vote.
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