At least one newspaper, the LA Times, is reporting that the House will introduce their Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. HLG understands that it will be called, Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (STRIVE ACT).
The bill is co-sponsored by Jeff Flake (R-Az) (who also introduced last year’s SKIL Bill) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). The Strive Act was apparently the work of these two in concert with the Senate leadership’s CIR bill, which may follow shortly thereafter. It is expected (although we have not confirmed it) that the Schedule A exemption should be part of the Strive Act. (It was part of Rep. Flake’s SKIL Bill and the Senate’s CIR).
In other news we are still pushing for an amendment for a quicker bill that would exempt Schedule A occupations from the immigrant visa quota. There is no news on this front. Everyone in DC is keeping their strategy quiet. Whenever we get additional information we will promptly post.