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:

Immigration and Entrepreneurship Discussed at AEI Book Forum

The American Enterprise Institute’s book forum titled “Better Capitalism: Reviving America’s Entrepreneurial Engine” today featured Robert E. Litan and Carl J. Schramm, the authors of the book “Better Capitalism: Renewing the Entrepreneurial Strength of the American Economy.”  One of the issues discussed was the need to revamp immigration policies for highly skilled immigrants. As part of a…

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STEM Visas, Education Raised In Presidential Debate

During the second presidential debate last night in New York both President Obama and Gov. Romney agreed on the need for immigration reform. Romney said green cards should be stapled to the diplomas of foreign students with advanced degrees in science and math. Obama noted the role of immigrants in starting some of the most prominent, innovative…

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Encouragement Amid Disappointment on STEM Visas

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, which would increase access to green cards for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields by creating a new green card category of up to 55,000…

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