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Bennet Wants New Visas For Students

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Sen. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS)

Sen. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has introduced a bill that would help keep foreign students with high-tech skills in the United States.

Bennet says the bill unveiled Tuesday will create a new category of visas for students graduating with specialties in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He says the bill will help fill Colorado’s increasing number of high-tech jobs.

Bennet says studies show that more than 40 percent of the 2010 Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Bennet says these companies employ more than 3.6 million people nationally and generate more than $4 trillion in revenue a year.

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