A. Scott Anderson: Time to pass Immigration Innovation Act

It’s not often that Congress and the president have the opportunity to do something to improve the economy and create high-paying jobs — while at the same time showing citizens that Washington can get past gridlock and dysfunction and enact important public policy.

That’s the opportunity Congress has with the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015, the high-skilled workers immigration reform bill recently re-introduced by Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Certainly, immigration policy has been a matter of heated debate in Washington, with the Republican Congress — especially the House — at odds with the Obama administration.

But no reason exists for the I-Squared Act to be controversial. It has nothing to do with illegal immigrants who sneak across the border. It has nothing to do with political ideology or the president’s executive action on immigration. It would simply expand existing programs by boosting the number of visas for high-skilled graduates of U.S. universities and increasing green-card opportunities.

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