A House Republican bill granting green cards to immigrants who've graduated from US universities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is getting a second chance, after GOP members added a provision to expand a family-based program, the Associated Press reports.
The original bill failed because it didn't gain a necessary two-thirds vote under special House rules. Over 80% of Democrats voted against the immigration bill because it required cuts to the Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV). The program gives visas to countries with low immigration to the US.
The new bill, however, could win over more Democrats because of an amendment it contains, which would expand a program granting spouses and children of permanent residents permission to reside in the US while waiting to obtain a green-card.
The amended bill will only require a simple majority to pass, and it'll likely speed through the House.
But getting it past a Democratic-controlled Senate in a lame-duck session, the AP reports, is unlikely.Via the Associated Press