WASHINGTON - House Republicans still smarting from their poor showing among Hispanics in the presidential election are planning a vote on immigration legislation that would expand visas for foreign science and technology students and make it easier for those with green cards to bring their immediate families to the U.S.
Republican leaders have made it clear they're ready to get serious about overhauling the nation's immigration system, a top priority for Hispanic communities. Taking up the immigration bill during the lame-duck session could be a first step toward that commitment.
The measure revives a bill that provides 55,000 visas a year for high-tech graduates. In addition, it changes a policy that has forced the spouses and children of green card holders to wait years before they can reunite in the United States.