The U.S. technology industry has been the engine of growth for the U.S. economy.  Growth has depended on the industry’s ability to continue its rapid technological advancement to continue to come up with “the next big thing.”  The U.S. must remain the global center of innovation.  In order for the U.S. to maintain its leading role, the industry must recruit the best and the brightest minds from around the world.

CCIA’s View:

In order for U.S. companies to maintain their global competitiveness, the United States must continue to be the IQ magnet of the world.  U.S. technology companies must have continued access to the highly skilled foreign nationals who currently make up the shortfall in science and engineering students in the U.S.  This foreign talent complements, rather than competes with, the U.S. labor pool.  Many of the highly skilled foreign nationals that U.S. companies wish to hire are already here doing research at U.S. universities yet, without a sufficient and timely visa supply, they have no choice but to return home.  This irrational deportation of needed skills results in our universities having trained our own competition.  Reforming arbitrary visa quotas and streamlining the employment-based green card process will free entrepreneurial companies to compete in the global talent marketplace.  This will enable the hiring of those who have affirmatively shown their belief in the U.S. as the best place to utilize their skills while also showing their respect for the rule of law by submitting themselves to the legal immigration process.

Most Recent Statements & Filings:

CCIA Joins in Call for Senate Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

The Computer & Communications Industry Association today joined more than 100 technology sector executives in a letter calling on the U.S. Senate to support passage of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.  “Senate approval of S. 744 is essential if our economy will continue to foster innovation and invigorate many…

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Immigration Reform

A measure to improve access to highly skilled workers cleared a major hurdle as the Senate Judiciary Committee passed its immigration reform legislation Tuesday evening. Shortly before the overall vote, Senator Hatch offered an amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act that would benefit highly skilled workers. The Computer & Communications Industry…

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CCIA Welcomes Senate Immigration Reform Bill

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the introduction of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act.  We commend Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet and Flake for their fortitude in taking up the difficult challenge of immigration reform and beginning the actual legislative process. The following statement can be attributed…

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