High Drama Over Highly Skilled Workers

Governors and companies are pressuring Congress for immigration reform for the most talented as visa workers plan a march in Washington

After failing over the summer to pass legislation that would overhaul the rules for all kinds of immigrants, Congress is gearing up to take on the narrower task of reforming immigration laws for highly skilled workers. The effort is less politically charged than comprehensive reform since it sets aside the contentious issue of what to do with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants (BusinessWeek.com, 8/22/07) already in the U.S., and it appears likely that some legislation will be passed. But there is opposition, and the nature and degree of reform for the highly skilled remains unclear.

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