A bipartisan group of senators plans to unveil a bill on Tuesday morning that would open the door to more highly skilled immigrants, according to a Senate GOP aide.
The announcement of the new bill, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, will come just one day after another bipartisan group of senators announced a framework for comprehensive immigration reform and just hours before President Obama makes a major speech on the issue, a key part of his second-term agenda.
The bill — to be introduced by Sens. Christopher Coons, D-Del., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — would nearly double the number of visas available to highly skilled foreign workers, known as H-1B visas, and adjust the number of such visas available based on economic demand. It would also implement changes to student visas and green cards.
Rubio's participation in both bipartisan groups of senators is noteworthy because as a rising conservative star and tea-party favorite, his involvement could make the attempts at reform more palatable to those on the right who desperately need to curry favor among Hispanics, a fast-growing voting bloc.
Here's how Tuesday's bill would affect four areas of the immigration system: