Immigration

Sen. Hatch Strikes Deal to Support Immigration Bill

Will make it easier for high-tech companies to hire foreign temp workers

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Sen. Orrin Hatch has struck a deal with Democrats to make it easier for high-tech companies to get temporary help from foreign workers.

The compromise paves the way for Hatch, R-Utah, to support the major immigration overhaul when it comes up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

With his support, it is expected to pass on a vote of 13 to 5 on its way to a debate in the full Senate.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who is also a member of the committee, has announced his opposition to the bill that tries to boost border security, streamline the visa process and eventually allow the 11 million people here illegally to gain citizenship.