Although passing high-skilled immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, two House Democrats that represent the tech-dominated region of Silicon Valley argue there’s still a chance it could come to fruition as Congress eyes a push for comprehensive immigration legislation next year.
California Democrats Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren argue that the resounding support President Obama received from Latinos on Election Day opened the door for both parties to come to the table on a comprehensive legislative package.
“I think there are many in the Republican party who now realize that they will never have a Republican president again unless they do something sensible on immigration reform,” Lofgren said. “I am willing to work with Republicans on this and I think people with good faith can compromise and come up with solid legislation. I plan to do my part.”
Republicans and Democrats have both supported efforts to boost the number of visas available to foreign nationals with master’s degrees and PhDs in technical fields from American universities. But previous legislation has been tangled up in the wider immigration debate.