Chaffetz Introduces Common-sense Bill Toward Fixing Legal Immigration

Feb 13, 2013

Washington, DC—Consistent with his commitment to fix legal immigration, Congressman Jason Chaffetz introduced HR 633, The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act. This bipartisan legislation would eliminate per country percentage caps for employment-based immigrants. Reps. Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) are original cosponsors of the bill.

“Congress needs to continue to debate needed reforms to all aspects of our immigration system.  But those debates should not hold up common-sense, bipartisan solutions,” said Chaffetz. “The current percentage cap has created a backlog of qualified workers.  American companies view all highly skilled immigrants as the same regardless of where they are from, and our immigration policy should do the same.”

H.R. 633 would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to create a fair and equitable, “first come, first serve” system.  Under this system, U.S. companies will be able to focus on what they do best – hiring smart people to create products, services, and jobs for Americans.

An identical version of the bill (H.R. 3012) passed the House during the 112th Congress with a resounding bipartisan vote of 389 to 15. 

Companion legislation will be introduced in the Senate by Utah Senator Mike Lee.

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