Senate Debate Nears on Immigration Bill

Powers, Mary B.
March 2006
ENR: Engineering News-Record;3/6/2006, Vol. 256 Issue 9, p11
Trade Publication
This article reports that action will soon be taken in the U.S. Senate on an immigration bill that may differ sharply from one the House passed in December. Construction officials, grappling with worker shortages, hope the final Senate version will include a provision to let immigrants stay in the U.S. temporarily, with an option to seek citizenship. It has a temporary-worker program to allow foreigners to come to the U.S. for up to six years. They would need proof of employment and have to return home after visas expire. It also requires a federally implemented electronic employment-verification system for employers to use. The House bill focuses more heavily on border enforcement and security. Associated General Contractors (AGC) is encouraged that the Senate panel is taking a comprehensive approach. AGC favors a plan with 400,000 new visas in the first year.


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