Senate Commerce Committee schedules immigration hearing

Witnesses for the hearing have not been finalized yet, according to a committee spokesman. The hearing is titled, "The Role of Immigrants in America's Innovation Economy."

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The upcoming hearing marks the first time that the Senate Commerce Committee has waded into the immigration debate this year. The Judiciary committees in both chambers, which have primary jurisdiction over immigration, have held a series of hearings this year on the issue of overhauling the nation's immigration laws.

Top executives from Microsoft and the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents Google and Intel, have testified on behalf of the tech industry at those hearings.