Positioning has also begun in the House over competing Democratic and Republican versions of a STEM jobs act that would give green cards to highly-educated math, engineering, tech and science graduates of U.S. universities. The primary difference in approach is over whether to provide STEM green cards by eliminating the 55,000 Diversity Visa lottery (the GOP proposal). As explained by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), the Democrats want to vote on "a clean STEM increase . . . without doing damage to other parts of our legal immigration system." Given the GOP's House majority, expect the Republican version to be approved soon and sent to the Senate where it will face an uncertain fate.
Almost anything is better than stalemate, as I've suggested before:
If there is to be an immigration meal, it must be piecemeal. If immigration supporters cannot have a multi-course feast at a single sitdown dinner, then tapas eaten seriatim will more than satisfy the hungry reformers' appetites.
Wonks, stakeholders and, of course, citizens: Stay tuned.