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Sen. Schumer: 'Darn good chance' of passing immigration reform
November 12th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Sen. Schumer: 'Darn good chance' of passing immigration reform

By Mary Grace Lucas, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Charles Schumer, the third ranking Senate Democrat, said Sunday that he and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham will officially restart immigration reform talks that crumbled two years ago.

Schumer told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that he and Graham have a plan designed to appeal to stakeholders on all sides of the highly contentious issue and he's optimistic that it can get through a gridlocked Congress.

"[Sen.] Graham and I are talking to our colleagues about this right now. I think we have a darn good chance using this blueprint to get something done this year," Schumer said.

The plan includes four key elements: stronger border security, creation of non-forgeable proof-of-citizenship documents, fairer legal immigration for desirable candidates, and a tough-love path to citizenship for those already in the U.S.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. A former H-1b worker

    I would like to audit the IT work force of The TIme Warner company, so that CNN knows how they are being cheated with fraud resumes of IT contractors by those are sponsored by IT vendors.

    CNN please audit your IT work force, how many of them have fraud resume? Please write on you IT tem workers..

    November 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. waynemolina

    Why don't we focus less on immigration and more on getting AMERICANS back to work? I mean there are thousands of unemployed US workers, why don't we try to get them employed again BEFORE we focus on reforming immigration laws to allow more immigrants to come here to work? Shouldn't we take care of our own first?

    November 13, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. scarlettpipistrelle

    When you look at a company's IT department, and you look at the basic, common skills, and you see H-1Bs (and other visa types) insstead of Americans, then you can be certain that you are looking at visa fraud. Our nation became their job market (and not ours). That was never supposed to happen. There was never any skills shortage in American and there isn't now. There IS a massive American labor pool that needs to get back to appropriate jobs for their experience and skill levels. That's what we should be focusing on, not on giving more jobs to foreigners. They have way too many as it is.

    November 13, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. twins.fan

    It is time to end the fraud of the H-1B visa and other visas that are being used to replace US STEM workers.

    In 2011 the GAO conducted a study and determined that not only are H-1B visa recipients NOT "highly skilled," 94% are NOT even "Fully Competent."

    In 2011, the GAO produced a report for Congress that concluded that 6% of the recipients of the H-1B visa are "Fully Competent" with 54% of the recipients of H-1B visas being "Entry Level" workers. In fact many US STEM workers are required to train their replacements in order to receive a severance package.

    Obviously recipients of the H-1B visas are being trained by corporate America. Instead of training foreign workers, why isn't corporate America providing training for the 50% of recent college grads with training? Instead of training foreign workers on H-1B visas, why isn't corporate America updating the skills of seasoned US STEM professionals?

    It is time to end the fraud of the H-1B visa, the OPT visa, the L1 visa, the B1 visas and all of the work visas that are being used to replace highly skilled workers with cheap, entry level, third world workers.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian_H1B

      You do realize that you sound exactly like McCarthy did in the 50s, right? Save yourself the future embarrassment and grow yourself a broad mind. The H-1B is a flawed program, but the immigrants it contributes (those that convert the H-1B to a greencard) are usually a silent, productive bunch that the govt has usually been happy to walk all over. They won't organize and their numbers are too small to move any needle; certainly not national unemployment.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
      • twins.fan

        Smearing, mocking, and taunting the US STEM worker: that is the currency of those who benefit from these fraudulent work visas.

        When these insults are leveled against disenfranchised US STEM workers, insults that we are unqualified, what are we supposed to do? Accept our fate? Accept the insults? I think not.

        If we don't accept the raw insults, then there will be people like you who distract from the conversation with an even worse insult. Joe McCarthy is a person who is more similar to you! If you don't like Joe McCarthy, quit behaving like Joe McCarthy and quit leveling your insults against those who stand up to these fraudulent work visas.

        The US STEM worker is the greatest engineer, scientist, and mathematician that the world has ever seen. We created this technology. If you want to restore the economy, restore disenfranchised US STEM workers to their careers and unleash their creative genius. Quit using these fraudulent visas that replace highly skilled, well educated US STEM workers with cheap, entry level workers from the third world.

        November 13, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • China_H1b

      The H1b system is flawed but not a fraud. As a H1b Visa holder, I would like to tell you that it is not free to sponsor a H1b Visa. It would cost a lot less to hire an American STEM worker than sponsor a foreign worker, my company chose to sponsor me. I think they hired me because it costs a lot more (both time and money) to wait for a qualified American STEM worker. No doubt U.S. has the best STEM graduate program in the world, but still not attractive enough to many of the American students, to whom medical, business and law schools are far better choices.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
      • twins.fan

        Those graduate programs, that are not attractive to US workers, are graduate programs that provide an education with which US STEM workers cannot find employment. Over 50% if recent college grads cannot find full time employment.

        However, foreign workers use those graduate programs to enter the country and work for depressed wages. The schools with those graduate programs are called "visa mills."

        November 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • China_H1b

        Everyone just need to excel others to get a job. It is even harder for H1b Visa holders. To be qualified as H1b, the company has to show that the salary of the foreign employee is more than the average American worker in the same field. Take my own case for example, I just renewed my H1b Visa and as a fresh graduate, I make 50% more than the average salary in the same field. The federal government already set a threshold for H1b, and is protecting the American workers, if they have the same capability. I graduated from a prestigious university in U.S. with Ph.D degree. In my field, more than half of the Ph.D degrees were granted to foreign students each year.

        November 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ITBrain

      I came from India, I got my education from one of the best technical national level college and worked with many fortune companies. I came here on H-1b visa, and now work as an enterprise architect level and managing a workforce of more than 300 IT guys with mixed background. What I realized that technical fields really need then best brains to be innovative,result oriented and smart people. We don't need the mediocre brain otherwise projects and future new ideas and products will be a failure. US has been quite attractive to pull the best brain from all over the world. If it doesn't happen now, new future companies like google or Sun will be no more in US. I have so many ideas and because of this flawed H-1b program, I wasted many years here.

      November 18, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. illeagalAlien2012

    We Latinos now illagal aliens made Obama win because ours citizen Latino friends voted for OBAMA, so when we become citizens after the GOP grants amnesty in 2013 then we'll be 10 million new voters who will make sure no republican candidate reaches the white house for the next two decades to make them pay, so to all those racist right wingers buy a chair and wait because is goin to be a very long time before you see another republican in the white house, after we placed Obama in 2012, then we'll delivered HILLARY in 2016. How hilarious is to see all those confused repubicans with this sudden change trying to make last minute amends, but this is going to be your politic life sentence beause we illeagal aliens are so Angry at the GOP that we'll unite and campain fo Democrats, so you better get used to it

    November 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Gi Jon

      Illegal aliens didn't make obama win it was all the white people who voted for him And even if they pass that frame work you illegal pay fines and lose your ability to work illegaly. In the US SO MOST OF YOU PEOPLE WILL SELF DEPORT. GOOD BYE

      November 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |