WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began debate on more than 300 amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill, including a number of changes to sections on H-1B visas.
The debate put focus on sharp divisions that appear to pit U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a leading critic of the H-1B visas, against Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has emerged as one of the leading tech industry supporters.
A key issue involves the amount of effort employers must make to hire a U.S. worker before filling a job with a visa holder. There are also concerns about the amount of power the U.S. Department of Labor and other agencies will have to audit and enforce visa usage.
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