Immigration

Senator Wants Movement On Bill To Admit Entrepreneurs to U.S.

Startup Act 2.0 hasn't started up

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It's time to fix a broken immigration system that encourages smart engineers to study at U.S. universities but prevents them from staying afterward, a Republican senator said at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Sen. Jerry Moran from Kansas said here today that he was disappointed Congress hadn't acted on his legislation, called the Startup Act 2.0, which was introduced last spring but has languished in committee.

Engineers and other people in science-related disciplines who are "foreign-born but U.S.-educated" should be allowed to remain here, Moran said. Chile and other countries "have changed their laws" to attract startups, he said, while the U.S. has "done nothing."