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H-1B politics shifts to backroom as vote nears

Patrick Thibodeau | May 17, 2013
High-tech industry's leading advocate in the immigration bill fight, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), has bought himself some time, perhaps until Tuesday, to try get the immigration bill changed to the liking of the tech industry.

In a letter sent on Thursday to the committee, Marc Apter, president of IEEE-USA. voiced opposition to the Hatch proposals.

"Every part of this package has the same purpose -- to make it easier for employers to fire Americans and replace them with temporary foreign workers," wrote Apter of Hatch's amendments.

The IEEE-USA, a professional group for engineers, has opposed expanding the H-1B program, but supports permanent residency for STEM graduates.

The committee recessed early Thursday afternoon and will resume negotiations on its amendments on Monday.


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