S. 153 - Immigration Innovation Act of 2015

Immigration. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
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The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Immigration Innovation Act of 2015

S. 153 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • I-Squared Act of 2015
  • Immigration Innovation Act of 2015
  • I-Squared Act of 2015
Sponsor
Orrin G. Hatch
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Immigration
  • Academic performance and assessments
  • Administrative remedies
  • Bank accounts, deposits, capital
  • Computers and information technology
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Education of the disadvantaged
  • Education programs funding
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Employment and training programs
  • Financial literacy
  • Foreign labor
  • Higher education
  • Immigration status and procedures
  • Science and engineering education
  • Student aid and college costs
  • Teaching, teachers, curricula
  • User charges and fees
  • Visas and passports
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    Major Actions
    Introduced1/13/2015
    Referred to Committee
    Bill History

    There have been no votes on this bill.

    ActionDateDescription
    Introduced1/13/2015
    1/13/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
    1/13/2015Introduced in Senate
    NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
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    Contributions

    1. November - December 2010 For $64,341 Against $1,200
    2. January - February 2011 For $152,618 Against $0
    3. March - April 2011 For $512,502 Against $26,750
    4. May - June 2011 For $677,516 Against $42,250
    5. July - August 2011 For $230,901 Against $7,750
    6. September - October 2011 For $680,342 Against $35,250
    7. November - December 2011 For $700,272 Against $89,220
    8. January - February 2012 For $432,706 Against $22,250
    9. March - April 2012 For $835,928 Against $41,750
    10. May - June 2012 For $869,398 Against $48,250
    11. July - August 2012 For $848,534 Against $11,550
    12. September - October 2012 For $1,633,937 Against $75,250
    13. November - December 2012 For $208,442 Against $6,750
    14. January - February 2013 For $169,007 Against $500
    15. March - April 2013 For $458,002 Against $23,000
    16. May - June 2013 For $675,315 Against $9,000
    17. July - August 2013 For $244,046 Against $15,250
    18. September - October 2013 For $456,130 Against $7,500
    19. November - December 2013 For $436,836 Against $52,000
    20. January - February 2014 For $355,301 Against $-2,500
    21. March - April 2014 For $649,537 Against $25,000
    22. May - June 2014 For $833,382 Against $8,250
    23. July - August 2014 For $453,227 Against $8,400
    24. September - October 2014 For $968,399 Against $15,750
    25. November - December 2014 For $188,690 Against $1,500
    26. January - February 2015 For $192,577 Against $3,500
    27. March - April 2015 For $640,769 Against $1,160
    28. May - June 2015 For $519,766 Against $5,914
    29. July - August 2015 For $334,648 Against $7,082
    30. September - October 2015 For $426,768 Against $8,664
    31. November - December 2015 For $606,163 Against $2,164
    32. January - February 2016 For $356,028 Against $1,000
    33. March - April 2016 For $612,171 Against $13,932
    34. May - June 2016 For $790,542 Against $18,664
    35. July - August 2016 For $496,111 Against $6,664
    36. September - October 2016 For $576,436 Against $11,082
    37. November - December 2016 For $12,485 Against $500

    Votes

      27 Organizations Supported and 2 Opposed; See Which Ones

      Organizations that took a position on
      I-Squared Act of 2015

      27 organizations supported this bill

      American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      American Association of Community Colleges
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      American Association of State Colleges and Universities
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      American Council on Education
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      American Immigration Lawyers Association
      Tzamaras, George and Belle Woods (2015, January 14). AILA: Immigration Innovation Act Would Help Economy. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from AILA Infonet.
      Association of American Universities
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      BSA - The Software Alliance
      Howard, Ali (2015, January 13). BSA Applauds Hatch Reintroduction of Immigration Innovation Act. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from BSA - The Softare Alliance.
      College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      Compete America
      Pipes, Kasey S. (2015, January 13). Compete America Praises the “Immigration Innovation Act”. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from Compete America.
      Computer & Communications Industry Association
      Greenfield, Heather (2015, January 13). CCIA Welcomes Introduction of Bipartisan Immigration Innovation Act. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from CCIA.
      Consumer Electronics Association
      Santa, Izzy (2015, January 13). CEA Supports Immigration Innovation Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from CEA.
      Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      Council of Graduate Schools
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      EDUCAUSE
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      Entertainment Software Association
      Gallagher, Michael D. (2015, January 20). ESA Letter to Senator Hatch. Retrieved October 30, 2015, from ESA.
      IBM
      Padilla, Christopher (2015, January 13). IBM Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake and Blumenthal. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from IBM.
      Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
      Atkinson, Dr. Robert D. (2015, January 14). Re: The Immigration Innovation Act of 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from ITIF.
      NAFSA: Association of International Educators
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
      undersigned organizations (2015, January 22). ACE Coalition Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from ACE.
      National Association of Manufacturers
      Trauger, Joe (2015, January 13). NAM Applauds Introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from NAM.
      Partnership for a New American Economy
      Williams, Ryan (2015, January 13). Statement of Partnership for a New American Economy Chairman John Feinblatt on High-Skilled Immigration Bill. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from PNAE.
      Qualcomm
      Soni, Ayush (2015, February 4). Qualcomm expresses support for I-Squared Act of 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015, from Qualcomm.
      Semiconductor Industry Association
      Isaacs, David (2015, January 20). SIA Commends Introduction of Bipartisan I-Squared Act to Reform High-Skilled Immigration System. Retrieved February 10, 2015, from SIA.
      U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      Josten, R. Bruce (2015, January 14). US Chamber Letter to Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, and Blumenthal. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from US Chamber.

      2 organizations opposed this bill

      AFL-CIO
      Trumka, Richard L. (2015, January 20). Letter to Senators urging them not to co-sponsor the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 153). Retrieved February 10, 2015, from AFL-CIO.
      American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
      AFSCME (2015, January 16). Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Harmful Guest Worker Bill. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from AFSCME.

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      Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
      Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

      Contributions by Legislator

      Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
      That Supported
      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$87,100$0
      Kelly AyotteRNH$302,535$0
      Tammy BaldwinDWI$402,001$29,476
      John BarrassoRWY$54,650$0
      Michael F. BennetDCO$493,753$5,500
      Richard BlumenthalDCT$193,765$10,000
      Roy BluntRMO$185,305$0
      Cory A. BookerDNJ$408,229$11,000
      John BoozmanRAR$39,990$0
      Barbara BoxerDCA$10,400$0
      Sherrod BrownDOH$655,631$32,470
      Richard BurrRNC$159,885$0
      Maria CantwellDWA$267,115$1,150
      Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$85,433$7,000
      Ben CardinDMD$112,854$18,000
      Tom CarperDDE$108,556$10,600
      Bob CaseyDPA$274,088$29,700
      Bill CassidyRLA$133,125$0
      Daniel CoatsRIN$13,000$0
      William Thad CochranRMS$77,050$0
      Susan M. CollinsRME$128,860$1,000
      Christopher A. CoonsDDE$110,650$10,000
      Bob CorkerRTN$115,645$0
      John CornynRTX$229,866$0
      Tom CottonRAR$127,000$0
      Mike CrapoRID$82,600$0
      Ted CruzRTX$214,500$0
      Steve DainesRMT$166,465$0
      Joe DonnellyDIN$152,849$15,500
      Dick DurbinDIL$154,691$10,750
      Mike EnziRWY$27,450$0
      Joni ErnstRIA$19,205$0
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$231,631$16,000
      Deb FischerRNE$46,673$0
      Jeff FlakeRAZ$133,500$0
      Al FrankenDMN$294,939$11,000
      Cory GardnerRCO$203,443$0
      Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$361,330$11,000
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$152,616$0
      Chuck GrassleyRIA$92,227$0
      Orrin G. HatchRUT$244,531$0
      Martin HeinrichDNM$217,840$16,250
      Heidi HeitkampDND$112,848$15,750
      Dean HellerRNV$115,608$0
      Mazie K. HironoDHI$111,814$12,500
      John HoevenRND$34,850$0
      Jim InhofeROK$40,750$0
      Johnny IsaksonRGA$118,825$0
      Ron JohnsonRWI$137,699$0
      Tim KaineDVA$707,636$25,500
      Angus S. King, Jr.IME$89,121$0
      Mark KirkRIL$78,970$0
      Amy KlobucharDMN$170,638$9,450
      James LankfordROK$140,250$0
      Patrick J. LeahyDVT$132,587$10,000
      Mike LeeRUT$160,180$0
      Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$82,782$21,000
      Ed MarkeyDMA$366,550$25,500
      John McCainRAZ$233,275$250
      Claire McCaskillDMO$436,282$11,600
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$398,368$0
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$181,897$15,000
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$233,069$6,500
      Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$9,300$5,000
      Jerry MoranRKS$47,212$0
      Lisa MurkowskiRAK$34,150$0
      Chris MurphyDCT$260,225$16,250
      Patty MurrayDWA$408,698$18,750
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$197,518$10,500
      Rand PaulRKY$140,643$0
      David PerdueRGA$130,745$0
      Gary C. PetersDMI$372,678$21,350
      Rob PortmanROH$417,360$0
      John "Jack" ReedDRI$51,563$10,250
      Harry ReidDNV$63,266$3,500
      Jim RischRID$46,849$0
      Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$75,950$0
      Mike RoundsRSD$51,996$0
      Marco RubioRFL$254,378$0
      Bernie SandersIVT$76,059$11,500
      Ben SasseRNE$73,763$0
      Brian SchatzDHI$159,515$23,300
      Chuck SchumerDNY$658,241$13,500
      Tim ScottRSC$134,750$0
      Jeff SessionsRAL$15,550$0
      Jeanne ShaheenDNH$235,414$17,750
      Richard C. ShelbyRAL$19,200$0
      Debbie StabenowDMI$195,115$14,500
      Dan SullivanRAK$109,250$0
      Jon TesterDMT$227,620$19,000
      John ThuneRSD$105,510$0
      Thom TillisRNC$172,530$0
      Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$294,424$0
      Tom UdallDNM$214,357$10,000
      David VitterRLA$13,230$0
      Mark R. WarnerDVA$336,176$10,750
      Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,544,348$28,750
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$155,600$12,600
      Roger F. WickerRMS$33,450$0
      Ron WydenDOR$306,165$5,500

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      NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
      That Supported
      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$87,100$0
      Kelly AyotteRNH$302,535$0
      Tammy BaldwinDWI$402,001$29,476
      John BarrassoRWY$54,650$0
      Michael F. BennetDCO$493,753$5,500
      Richard BlumenthalDCT$193,765$10,000
      Roy BluntRMO$185,305$0
      Cory A. BookerDNJ$408,229$11,000
      John BoozmanRAR$39,990$0
      Barbara BoxerDCA$10,400$0
      Sherrod BrownDOH$655,631$32,470
      Richard BurrRNC$159,885$0
      Maria CantwellDWA$267,115$1,150
      Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$85,433$7,000
      Ben CardinDMD$112,854$18,000
      Tom CarperDDE$108,556$10,600
      Bob CaseyDPA$274,088$29,700
      Bill CassidyRLA$133,125$0
      Daniel CoatsRIN$13,000$0
      William Thad CochranRMS$77,050$0
      Susan M. CollinsRME$128,860$1,000
      Christopher A. CoonsDDE$110,650$10,000
      Bob CorkerRTN$115,645$0
      John CornynRTX$229,866$0
      Tom CottonRAR$127,000$0
      Mike CrapoRID$82,600$0
      Ted CruzRTX$214,500$0
      Steve DainesRMT$166,465$0
      Joe DonnellyDIN$152,849$15,500
      Dick DurbinDIL$154,691$10,750
      Mike EnziRWY$27,450$0
      Joni ErnstRIA$19,205$0
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$231,631$16,000
      Deb FischerRNE$46,673$0
      Jeff FlakeRAZ$133,500$0
      Al FrankenDMN$294,939$11,000
      Cory GardnerRCO$203,443$0
      Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$361,330$11,000
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$152,616$0
      Chuck GrassleyRIA$92,227$0
      Orrin G. HatchRUT$244,531$0
      Martin HeinrichDNM$217,840$16,250
      Heidi HeitkampDND$112,848$15,750
      Dean HellerRNV$115,608$0
      Mazie K. HironoDHI$111,814$12,500
      John HoevenRND$34,850$0
      Jim InhofeROK$40,750$0
      Johnny IsaksonRGA$118,825$0
      Ron JohnsonRWI$137,699$0
      Tim KaineDVA$707,636$25,500
      Angus S. King, Jr.IME$89,121$0
      Mark KirkRIL$78,970$0
      Amy KlobucharDMN$170,638$9,450
      James LankfordROK$140,250$0
      Patrick J. LeahyDVT$132,587$10,000
      Mike LeeRUT$160,180$0
      Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$82,782$21,000
      Ed MarkeyDMA$366,550$25,500
      John McCainRAZ$233,275$250
      Claire McCaskillDMO$436,282$11,600
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$398,368$0
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$181,897$15,000
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$233,069$6,500
      Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$9,300$5,000
      Jerry MoranRKS$47,212$0
      Lisa MurkowskiRAK$34,150$0
      Chris MurphyDCT$260,225$16,250
      Patty MurrayDWA$408,698$18,750
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$197,518$10,500
      Rand PaulRKY$140,643$0
      David PerdueRGA$130,745$0
      Gary C. PetersDMI$372,678$21,350
      Rob PortmanROH$417,360$0
      John "Jack" ReedDRI$51,563$10,250
      Harry ReidDNV$63,266$3,500
      Jim RischRID$46,849$0
      Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$75,950$0
      Mike RoundsRSD$51,996$0
      Marco RubioRFL$254,378$0
      Bernie SandersIVT$76,059$11,500
      Ben SasseRNE$73,763$0
      Brian SchatzDHI$159,515$23,300
      Chuck SchumerDNY$658,241$13,500
      Tim ScottRSC$134,750$0
      Jeff SessionsRAL$15,550$0
      Jeanne ShaheenDNH$235,414$17,750
      Richard C. ShelbyRAL$19,200$0
      Debbie StabenowDMI$195,115$14,500
      Dan SullivanRAK$109,250$0
      Jon TesterDMT$227,620$19,000
      John ThuneRSD$105,510$0
      Thom TillisRNC$172,530$0
      Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$294,424$0
      Tom UdallDNM$214,357$10,000
      David VitterRLA$13,230$0
      Mark R. WarnerDVA$336,176$10,750
      Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,544,348$28,750
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$155,600$12,600
      Roger F. WickerRMS$33,450$0
      Ron WydenDOR$306,165$5,500

      Interest Groups that supported this bill

      $ Donated
      Schools & colleges$9,075,327
      Computer software$4,556,122
      Computer components & accessories$2,532,104
      Electronics manufacturing & services$1,433,209
      Computer manufacture & services$903,616
      Education$842,191
      Manufacturing$635,786
      Chambers of commerce$358,176
      Telecommunications Devices$226,050
      Communications & Electronics$170,401

      Interest Groups that opposed this bill

      $ Donated
      Electronics manufacturing & services$1,433,209
      State & local govt employee unions$455,196
      Labor Unions$197,000
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