The U.S. House approved Republican-backed immigration legislation on Friday that had previously fallen short in September, though Democrats described it as a piecemeal political move by Republicans after their poor election showing among non-white voters.
House Democrats predicted it would fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate, partly due to White House opposition.
The “STEM Jobs Act” would grant as many as 55,000 visas to non-citizens who complete some advanced degrees at U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Yeah, but can they pick fruit and rake leaves? That’s what America needs to remain a great power!
Sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement, “Many of the world’s top students come to the U.S. to obtain advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects. We could boost economic growth and spur job creation by allowing American employers to more easily hire some of the most qualified foreign graduates of U.S. universities. These students have the ability to start a company that creates jobs or come up with an invention that could jump-start a whole new industry.”
“The administration does not support narrowly tailored proposals that do not meet [President Barack Obama's] long-term objectives with respect to comprehensive immigration reform,” a policy statement from the White House said.
And that was the nicest thing a Democrat said:
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-Texas, said in a statement that “House Republicans have moved forward with legislation to limit legal immigration under the guise of reform.
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, charged the Republican measure “is racist – if not in its intent, then certainly in its effect.”
This from the guy who was afraid Guam would capsize.
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “corporations control the patterns of thinking” in the United States and that the Bill of Rights to the Constitution should be amended so that the government is given the power to restrict freedom of speech.
“We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations,” said Johnson.
“These corporations, along with the people they support, other millionaires who they’re putting into office, are stealing your government.
If only they had! Instead, Hank Johnson and his ilk got reelected. More’s the pity:
Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the Oversight Committee, responded, “I am personally insulted that anyone would use even loosely the term of racism as part of a statement related to merit-based advanced degrees.”
“The people graduating and walking across the aisle are extremely diverse,” he said. “And I believe the gentleman needs to go to a few college graduations and see masters and PhD candidates if he is going to refer to this in any way as racist.”
Is Issa implying that colleges and universities aren’t asking someone of Hank Johnson’s intellect (or sanity, to be fair) to speak at their graduations? That is racist. In intent if not in effect. Or whatever.