Senate passed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

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June 27, 2013. The U.S. Senate
passed the immigration bill, the S. 744, the Border Security, Economic
Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, popularly known as
Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill, with a vote of 68-32. Earlier
today, Senators voted 68-32 to invoke cloture, limiting debate on the
bill.  The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where it is
likely to face strong opposition. In May, 2013, we published a detail article
outlining the changes proposed by this bill.

Leaders representing major
technology companies including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco
hailed the passage of the bill which will boost economic growth and attract
high skilled workers. A bipartisan policy and political network of technology
CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, congratulated the U.S.
Senate for approving historic immigration reform legislation. John Chambers,
Chairman and CEO of Cisco and co-chair of TechNet said, “in passing this
legislation on a strong bipartisan basis, the Senate broke the logjam on
immigration and high-skilled worker reforms,”. “Today, the Senate took a
significant step toward reforming our nation’s outdated immigration policies,”
said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. [See Technet release here

However, there is some skepticism
about the bill from other industry groups. “The Bill unfairly targets
American companies trying to remain globally competitive by reducing their
ability to contract with global IT service providers and restricting their access
to the international expertise they need,” said Ron Sommers, president of
U.S. India Business Coucil (USIBC). “Such restrictions could stifle US
innovation, slow local job creation and force companies to move jobs
overseas,” Somers warned. ” [Source: The Economics Times]

The Bill has to be passed by the
U.S. House of Representatives and then the President will sign the Bill to
become a law. It is mostly likeley that the House might propose number of
amendments to the Bill.

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