Colorado bill offers visas for illegal immigrants studying math, science


Allison Sherry
Denver Post

December 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — Undocumented students who graduate from high school and enroll in college in a science, technology or math program would be eligible for temporary student visas in an immigration-overhaul bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Michael Bennet.

Bennet, a Colorado Democrat and former Denver Public Schools superintendent, said his proposed bill also would make it easier for students who graduate with advanced degrees in science or math to stay and work in the United States — particularly if there is a need for them.

It would create a new type of green-card category for foreign students.

“I’ve had a number of conversations with large- and small-business owners in Colorado who have made it clear that our visa system is putting them at a serious disadvantage,” Bennet said.

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