S. 3185 - STAR Act of 2012

Immigration. 112th Congress (2011-2012) View bill details
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A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide certain immigration benefits for aliens with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
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STAR Act of 2012

S. 3185 — 112th Congress (2011–2012)

Summary
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide certain immigration benefits for aliens with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide certain immigration benefits for aliens with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century Act of 2012
  • STAR Act of 2012
Sponsor
John Cornyn
Co-Sponsors
    Subjects
    • Immigration
    • Foreign labor
    • Higher education
    • Immigration status and procedures
    • Science and engineering education
    • User charges and fees
    • Visas and passports
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      Major Actions
      Introduced5/15/2012
      Referred to Committee
      Bill History

      There have been no votes on this bill.

      ActionDateDescription
      Introduced5/15/2012
      5/15/2012Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
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      62 Organizations Supported and 0 Opposed; See Which Ones

      Organizations that took a position on
      STAR Act of 2012

      62 organizations supported this bill

      3M
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Adobe Systems
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Altera
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      American Council of Engineering Companies
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      American Council on International Personnel
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      American Society for Engineering Education
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Apple
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      ArcelorMittal
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Bloomberg LP
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Boston Scientific
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Brooks Courier Service
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Business Roundtable
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      CA Technologies
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Caterpillar
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Clarkson University
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Cognizant
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Compete America
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Computer Task Group
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Concord Servicing
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Consumer Electronics Association
      Consumer Electronics Association (2012, May 15). Cornyn Introduces Bill to Win Global Competition for STEM Graduates. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from John Cornyn, United States Senator from Texas.
      Cummins
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Dupont
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      eBay
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Freescale Semiconductor
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      GlobalFoundries
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Halliburton
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Hewlett Packard
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      HR Policy Association
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      IBM
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      ImmigrationWorks USA
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Information Technology Industry Council
      Information Technology Industry Council (2012, May 15). Cornyn Introduces Bill to Win Global Competition for STEM Graduates. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from John Cornyn, United States Senator from Texas.
      Ingersoll Rand
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Intel Corporation
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      JPMorgan Chase
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      MathWorks
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Maxim Integrated Products
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Microsoft
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Mitsubishi International
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Motorola Solutions
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      National Association of Manufacturers
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      National Foreign Trade Council
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Olmstead Medical Center
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      ON Semiconductor
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Oracle
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Overstock.com
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Partnership for a New American Economy
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Permac Industries
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      PMC-Sierra
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Praxair
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Precision Machined Products Association
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Research in Motion
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Semiconductor Industry Association
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Society for Human Resource Management
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Symantec
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      TechNet
      TechNet (n.d.). TechNet Applauds Senator Cornyn for Introduction of Measure to Reform U.S. High-Skilled Immigration System. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from TechNet.
      TechServe Alliance
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Teradata
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Texas Instruments
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Xerox
      undersigned organizations (2012, July 12). Letter to Representatives Calling for House Version of S 3185. Retrieved February 27, 2014, from Semiconductor Industry Association.

      0 organizations opposed this bill

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      Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 112th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2012.
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      Contributions by Legislator

      Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
      That Supported
      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Daniel K. AkakaDHI$26,500$0
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$692,343$0
      Kelly AyotteRNH$479,971$0
      John BarrassoRWY$793,515$0
      Max BaucusDMT$1,488,442$0
      Mark BegichDAK$396,958$0
      Michael F. BennetDCO$973,620$0
      Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$108,184$0
      Richard BlumenthalDCT$407,800$0
      Roy BluntRMO$1,595,749$0
      John BoozmanRAR$349,425$0
      Barbara BoxerDCA$1,479,344$0
      Scott P. BrownRMA$3,043,682$0
      Sherrod BrownDOH$1,847,003$0
      Richard BurrRNC$1,242,024$0
      Maria CantwellDWA$706,962$0
      Ben CardinDMD$627,558$0
      Tom CarperDDE$750,648$0
      Bob CaseyDPA$1,115,567$0
      Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$1,507,360$0
      Daniel CoatsRIN$467,006$0
      Tom CoburnROK$246,221$0
      William Thad CochranRMS$358,550$0
      Susan M. CollinsRME$842,677$0
      Gaylord Kent ConradDND$173,575$0
      Christopher A. CoonsDDE$399,627$0
      Bob CorkerRTN$1,397,364$0
      John CornynRTX$1,709,930$0
      Mike CrapoRID$627,553$0
      Jim DeMintRSC$467,038$0
      Dick DurbinDIL$937,550$0
      Mike EnziRWY$265,550$0
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$912,804$0
      Al FrankenDMN$1,039,236$0
      Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$2,320,949$0
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$575,107$0
      Chuck GrassleyRIA$795,312$0
      Kay R. HaganDNC$846,159$0
      Tom HarkinDIA$741,913$0
      Orrin G. HatchRUT$1,557,891$0
      Dean HellerRNV$1,072,313$0
      John HoevenRND$450,275$0
      Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$193,800$0
      Jim InhofeROK$623,566$0
      Dan InouyeDHI$533,975$0
      Johnny IsaksonRGA$835,403$0
      Mike JohannsRNE$440,761$0
      Ron JohnsonRWI$491,800$0
      Tim JohnsonDSD$655,921$0
      John F. KerryDMA$627,091$0
      Mark KirkRIL$1,710,769$0
      Amy KlobucharDMN$805,840$0
      Herb KohlDWI$0$0
      Jon KylRAZ$116,567$0
      Mary L. LandrieuDLA$1,275,661$0
      Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$369,513$0
      Patrick J. LeahyDVT$432,821$0
      Mike LeeRUT$242,847$0
      Carl LevinDMI$610,307$0
      Joe LiebermanICT$42,150$0
      Dick LugarRIN$510,852$0
      Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$969,562$0
      John McCainRAZ$635,253$0
      Claire McCaskillDMO$1,269,031$0
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$2,632,429$0
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,514,635$0
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$588,250$0
      Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$416,115$0
      Jerry MoranRKS$756,312$0
      Lisa MurkowskiRAK$612,028$0
      Patty MurrayDWA$1,228,444$0
      Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$534,206$0
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$1,117,905$0
      Rand PaulRKY$405,648$0
      Rob PortmanROH$2,028,553$0
      Mark L. PryorDAR$528,563$0
      John "Jack" ReedDRI$352,596$0
      Harry ReidDNV$2,124,544$0
      Jim RischRID$319,055$0
      Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$774,701$0
      John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$773,743$0
      Marco RubioRFL$955,155$0
      Bernie SandersIVT$128,928$0
      Chuck SchumerDNY$1,401,859$0
      Jeff SessionsRAL$498,863$0
      Jeanne ShaheenDNH$507,592$0
      Richard C. ShelbyRAL$869,029$0
      Olympia J. SnoweRME$411,095$0
      Debbie StabenowDMI$1,321,995$0
      Jon TesterDMT$1,076,144$0
      John ThuneRSD$1,016,434$0
      Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,691,552$0
      Mark UdallDCO$956,105$0
      Tom UdallDNM$494,680$0
      David VitterRLA$1,013,837$0
      Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,641,996$0
      Jim WebbDVA$89,395$0
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$400,607$0
      Roger F. WickerRMS$1,071,515$0
      Ron WydenDOR$809,420$0

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      NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
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      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Daniel K. AkakaDHI$26,500$0
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$692,343$0
      Kelly AyotteRNH$479,971$0
      John BarrassoRWY$793,515$0
      Max BaucusDMT$1,488,442$0
      Mark BegichDAK$396,958$0
      Michael F. BennetDCO$973,620$0
      Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$108,184$0
      Richard BlumenthalDCT$407,800$0
      Roy BluntRMO$1,595,749$0
      John BoozmanRAR$349,425$0
      Barbara BoxerDCA$1,479,344$0
      Scott P. BrownRMA$3,043,682$0
      Sherrod BrownDOH$1,847,003$0
      Richard BurrRNC$1,242,024$0
      Maria CantwellDWA$706,962$0
      Ben CardinDMD$627,558$0
      Tom CarperDDE$750,648$0
      Bob CaseyDPA$1,115,567$0
      Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$1,507,360$0
      Daniel CoatsRIN$467,006$0
      Tom CoburnROK$246,221$0
      William Thad CochranRMS$358,550$0
      Susan M. CollinsRME$842,677$0
      Gaylord Kent ConradDND$173,575$0
      Christopher A. CoonsDDE$399,627$0
      Bob CorkerRTN$1,397,364$0
      John CornynRTX$1,709,930$0
      Mike CrapoRID$627,553$0
      Jim DeMintRSC$467,038$0
      Dick DurbinDIL$937,550$0
      Mike EnziRWY$265,550$0
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$912,804$0
      Al FrankenDMN$1,039,236$0
      Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$2,320,949$0
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$575,107$0
      Chuck GrassleyRIA$795,312$0
      Kay R. HaganDNC$846,159$0
      Tom HarkinDIA$741,913$0
      Orrin G. HatchRUT$1,557,891$0
      Dean HellerRNV$1,072,313$0
      John HoevenRND$450,275$0
      Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$193,800$0
      Jim InhofeROK$623,566$0
      Dan InouyeDHI$533,975$0
      Johnny IsaksonRGA$835,403$0
      Mike JohannsRNE$440,761$0
      Ron JohnsonRWI$491,800$0
      Tim JohnsonDSD$655,921$0
      John F. KerryDMA$627,091$0
      Mark KirkRIL$1,710,769$0
      Amy KlobucharDMN$805,840$0
      Herb KohlDWI$0$0
      Jon KylRAZ$116,567$0
      Mary L. LandrieuDLA$1,275,661$0
      Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$369,513$0
      Patrick J. LeahyDVT$432,821$0
      Mike LeeRUT$242,847$0
      Carl LevinDMI$610,307$0
      Joe LiebermanICT$42,150$0
      Dick LugarRIN$510,852$0
      Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$969,562$0
      John McCainRAZ$635,253$0
      Claire McCaskillDMO$1,269,031$0
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$2,632,429$0
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,514,635$0
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$588,250$0
      Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$416,115$0
      Jerry MoranRKS$756,312$0
      Lisa MurkowskiRAK$612,028$0
      Patty MurrayDWA$1,228,444$0
      Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$534,206$0
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$1,117,905$0
      Rand PaulRKY$405,648$0
      Rob PortmanROH$2,028,553$0
      Mark L. PryorDAR$528,563$0
      John "Jack" ReedDRI$352,596$0
      Harry ReidDNV$2,124,544$0
      Jim RischRID$319,055$0
      Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$774,701$0
      John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$773,743$0
      Marco RubioRFL$955,155$0
      Bernie SandersIVT$128,928$0
      Chuck SchumerDNY$1,401,859$0
      Jeff SessionsRAL$498,863$0
      Jeanne ShaheenDNH$507,592$0
      Richard C. ShelbyRAL$869,029$0
      Olympia J. SnoweRME$411,095$0
      Debbie StabenowDMI$1,321,995$0
      Jon TesterDMT$1,076,144$0
      John ThuneRSD$1,016,434$0
      Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,691,552$0
      Mark UdallDCO$956,105$0
      Tom UdallDNM$494,680$0
      David VitterRLA$1,013,837$0
      Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,641,996$0
      Jim WebbDVA$89,395$0
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$400,607$0
      Roger F. WickerRMS$1,071,515$0
      Ron WydenDOR$809,420$0

      Interest Groups that supported this bill

      $ Donated
      Commercial banks & bank holding companies$11,042,981
      Hospitals$7,699,695
      Schools & colleges$7,382,448
      Business services$7,215,116
      Life insurance$5,605,596
      Computer software$4,383,078
      Electric Power utilities$4,248,285
      Medical Devices & Supplies$4,061,064
      Engineering, architecture & construction mgmt svcs$3,419,234
      Chemicals$3,304,154
      Crop production & basic processing$3,101,013
      Industrial/commercial equipment & materials$3,079,320
      Data processing & computer services$2,234,048
      Computer components & accessories$2,128,810
      Oilfield service, equipment & exploration$1,988,702
      Electronics manufacturing & services$1,434,222
      Health, Education & Human Resources$1,410,557
      Steel$1,155,217
      Computer manufacture & services$1,074,433
      Auto manufacturers$1,008,394
      Electrical contractors$969,071
      Other financial services$911,205
      Fabricated metal products$854,844
      Metal mining & processing$800,823
      Construction equipment$787,840
      Education$636,835
      Vendors$471,800
      General business associations$412,685
      Manufacturing$353,869
      Telecommunications Devices$282,378
      Chambers of commerce$274,854
      Office machines$252,090
      Freight & delivery services$185,912
      Communications & Electronics$114,100
      International trade associations$10,000

      Interest Groups that opposed this bill

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