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And closing today's round of U.S. Senate news and ending on the theme of immigration reform, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH) has come out as a co-sponsor of the Immigration Innovation Act, A.K.A. the I-Squared Act of 2013:

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday joined a bipartisan group of senators cosponsoring a bill to increse the number of visas and green cards available for "highly-skilled workers in science and technology."

The Immigration Innovation Act, also referred to as the I-Squared Act of 2013, has the backing of businesses and business advocacy groups, Shaheen's office said.

"New Hampshire is one of the country's greatest incubators for science and technology and I'm pleased to introduce the I-Squared Bill to ensure our state has the workforce to continue the innovation essential to New Hampshire's economy," Shaheen said. = New Hampshire Union Leader, 1/29/13

Shaheen is an original co-sponsor of this bill.  Senators Orrin hatch (R. UT), Amy Klobuchar (D. MN), Marco Rubio (R. FL) and Chris Coons (D. DE).  The legislation would increase green cards and visas for highly skilled workers working in science and technology.  It will also help students from foreign countries who are graduating from American universities with degrees in science and technology:
"The I-Squared Bill will also increase funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education throughout the United States by raising application fees for employment-based visas and green cards," according to a statement from Shaheen's office.

"Individuals with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are critical to U.S. competitiveness and should be given priority for permanent resident status," wrote leadership from Texas Instruments in a letter of support. - New Hampshire Union Leader, 1/29/13

The bill has received high praise from TechNet:

"The Immigration Innovation Act represents an important step forward in immigration reform by addressing one of the major challenges our country faces: the need for immigration laws to help United States companies attract and retain the best innovators from around the world, while also creating a new and sustainable funding stream to enhance the United States STEM education pipeline," said President and CEO of TechNet Rey Ramsey. - PR Newswire, 1/29/13
Glad to see Shaheen help lead in the efforts in the movement for comprehensive immigration reform.  If you would like to donate to her re-election campaign, please do so:
MADBURY, NH - NOVEMBER 4:  Former New Hampshire Governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen exits the voting booth November 4, 2008 at Madbury Town Hall in Madbury, New Hampshire. Shaheen is in a tight race with incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Sununu (R-NH).  (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:00 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:00:19 PM PST

  •  Just wondering: (4+ / 0-)

    Wouldn't it be better to offer incentives to US students to study STEM disciplines?

    •  Happy - they aren't mutually exclusive (0+ / 0-)

      Providing green cards to foreign students with advanced STEM degrees has no cash cost to the federal government, so it's one of the things Congress can agree on.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:22:11 PM PST

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      •  My thinking is that they're competing for (3+ / 0-)
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        the same jobs, and it would be great if our new graduates would have access to well-paying jobs.

        •  New Hampshire's public university is highly (1+ / 0-)
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          dependent on foreign and out-of-state students because the fees are too high for locals to afford. The binary mode of behavior always penalizes one entity to advantage another. Foreign students are lured to the U.S. to study and then they're "encouraged" to stay by giving them jobs.
          It's an old well-established pattern. The U.S. has always encouraged the immigration by young adults whose initial nurture and training was paid for by someone else. The reason there is resentment of the migrants from the Southern lands is based on the perception that there hasn't been enough invested in their rearing and training AND, since they can travel over land, it's easier for them to depart when they don't get the treatment they expect. Central American expectations are too high. They are quite sensitive to exploitation and not just because that is what they are escaping in coming here.

          We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

          by hannah on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:19:47 AM PST

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        •  This bill increases indentured (1+ / 0-)
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          servitude to corporations.  Of course corporations love it.  Now they can speed up the displacement of the U.S. work force.

          The U.S. graduates more STEM students than the job market can absorb.  This bill is an affront to the highly skilled U.S. native STEM work force.

    •  What incentives? Lower tuition will mean that (0+ / 0-)

      government will have to pay the difference to the universities.

  •  Something got mixed up in your post. (0+ / 0-)
    Shaheen is an original co-sponsor of this bill.  Senators Orrin hatch (R. UT), Amy Klobuchar (D. MN), Marco Rubio (R. FL) and Chris Coons (D. DE).
    Doesn't make any sense to me.

    Otherwise, great news.

  •  This Bill Is Basically All About H-1B Visas (4+ / 0-)

    This is a diary from last night which covers a lot of information about the H-1B non-immigrant guest worker visa program.

    Here is one of my comments in that diary, here is another.

    When I see diaries on the Daily Kos not only promoting the policies of this corporatist fool, but hawking for money for her as well, I worry for the future of the Democratic Party.

    I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

    by superscalar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:45:15 PM PST

  •  I'm not sure if we should applaud this (4+ / 0-)

    I am fine with admitting highly educated immigrants. But this narrow focus on STEM seems to be unfair to and discriminatory. Why not law students and medical students? Why not accountants and finance analysts? Why not veterinarians? I am also very troubled by the corporate angle. The corporations just want a pliant workforce that they can hire and throw away at will. The H1B visa basically turns people into indentured servants who are too scared to leave their place of employment.

    We should be very careful of some of this right wing corporatist baggage attached to the amnesty bill.

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