House Passes STEM Jobs Act

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The House of Representatives on Friday passed the STEM Jobs Act, which would increase the number of green cards available to foreign graduates with advanced technical degrees in science, technology, engineering and math from U.S. universities. It would not create additional visas; rather, it would eliminate the Diversity Visa Lottery program, which allots almost half of its visas to African immigrants.

Lorella Praeli, director of advocacy and policy at United We Dream, called the STEM Jobs Act "a sleight of hand" that "gives with one hand and takes with the other, ignoring the wider implications and adding to the confusion surrounding our current immigration policy."

The legislation, which is not expected to pass in the Senate, is one of two immigration bills introduced this week by Republican lawmakers.

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