CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. July 9, 2009: The much-touted immigration reform bill, pushed by President Barack Obama, could be ready for introduction into the Senate by Labor Day.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the city with the most immigrants nationally, said he expects to have a bill ready by Labor Day that will address both the undocumented and skilled immigrants.
Schumer told the AP that the bill will address `comprehensive immigration reform,` but focus especially on making it easier for highly skilled immigrant workers to become permanent residents.
He also said the bill will make it much tougher on future waves of illegal immigrants.
`We have a shortage maybe of engineers here or Ph.D`s in physics, but we probably don`t have a shortage of people who can do construction work,` Schumer was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security said it would be abandoning a Bush administration plan to force employers to fire workers who can`t resolve a mismatch between their Social Security numbers and their names.
President Obama has said he is committed to immigration reform and wants a bill in the House by the fall.