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CQ Today Online News, July 6, 2012 –
“House Republicans intend to push legislation this month that would offer 55,000 additional green cards each year to foreign graduates of American universities in high-tech fields.
“The measure, which could be introduced as early as this week, would take visas currently awarded via lottery and allocate them to those graduates.
“…Employers say there aren’t enough American graduates in high-tech fields to meet the demand. Roughly half of the U.S. graduates with advanced degrees in the “STEM” fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — are foreign, said Lynn Shotwell, executive director of the American Council on International Personnel, which represents employers.”