High-skill visa reform needs action by Congress, Obama says

"President Obama's administration has been tweaking U.S. immigration policy and making little changes where it can to try to encourage the type of immigrant it wants.  But Obama on Tuesday said that real changes to high-skill immigration policy will require action from Congress.  "On the high-skill immigration area, that's not something that we can necessarily do on our own," Obama said at a meeting of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.  "We can expedite some of the visas that are already in place and try to streamline that process to make it move faster," the president said, but "we may need some legislative help on that area."  The leading Democratic reform effort so far is by U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Her bill would give a green card to any foreign student who graduates with an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or math, but her bill is not getting Republican support. In the Senate, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been promising an immigration reform bill, but has yet to produce one."

Computerworld, Oct. 11, 2011.