Policy Analysis

STEM Education has a place in immigration reform

August 6, 2013

Today, APS was one of 62 organizations that signed on to a letter urging the House to make support for STEM education a part of immigration reform. You can read the letter here.

The House is currently considering the SKILLS Act, an immigration reform bill. APS has no position on immigration reform, and the letter does not state any position on the specifics of the SKILLS Act; however, a clause for funding STEM education programs from H1-B visa fees was stripped from the SKILLS Act, and in the letter APS is supportive of reintroducing the clause. APS recognizes that redirected fees from H1-B visas are a substantial boost to STEM education in the U.S.

The Senate bill already contains the clause stripped from the House version of the bill.

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