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House passes narrow immigration bill

WASHINGTON — Testing the waters of what is expected to be a turbulent battle about immigration policy next year, the House voted Friday to make green cards accessible to foreign students graduating with advanced science and math degrees from US universities.

But even this limited step, strongly backed by the high-tech industry and enjoying bipartisan support, is unlikely to go anywhere this session of Congress, dramatizing how tough it will be to find lasting solutions to the nation’s immigration system.

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