IMMIGRATION: Statement of Sen. Alexander - Cosponsor of the Gregg Amendment (SA 4114) to the Immigration Bill

Posted on May 24, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement today on his cosponsorship of Sen. Judd Gregg’s (R-NH) amendment (SA 4114) to the immigration reform bill which would put greater emphasis on highly-skilled immigrants within the existing green card process: “Attracting these bright minds to America has helped us create jobs and grow an economy that last year produced 30 percent of the world’s wealth for us Americans – who constitute just five percent of the world’s population. I hope my colleagues will support this common sense amendment that will help keep our nation’s talent pool and economy strong.” The Gregg amendment takes the 50,000 green cards currently given away by random lottery and reallocates two-thirds of them for foreign nationals with a master's or doctorate degree in the sciences, mathematics, technology or engineering.