Monday, March 12, 2007

Congress To Increase H-1B Quota?

According to this post on TAPPED, Democrats are open to the idea of increasing the H-1B cap from its pathetically low 65,000 visas a year to something more to the IT industry's liking. And they're serious about making it happen:

Apparently, without many folks noticing, Nancy Pelosi switched the chairmanship of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law from Texas's Sheila Jackson-Lee to California's Zoe Lofgren. The importance of the move is geographic: Lofgren is a Silicon Valley Democrat, and thus exquisitely attuned to the tech industry's desire for more work visas for highly skilled immigrants.
If Democrats are on board, and with pro-business Republicans (including President Bush) supporting the increase, there is a good chance something will be passed within the year. Now if they would only give the President fast-track authority he needs to cement free-trade agreements. Remember, free trade and free labor go hand-in-hand.