date icon June 27, 2013 category icon Press Releases Statements

Immigration Reform Empowers America’s Economic Future



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association issued the following statement lauding the Senate’s passage of The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744):

“Today’s passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act marks a momentous step in our nation’s history. The Internet Association applauds members of the Senate for their commitment and strong bipartisan efforts in crafting a legislative solution for our broken immigration system. By implementing a functioning system, this bill empowers our nation to retain the best and brightest minds that come to the United States and create economic value here at home.

“Far too often, our current immigration system bars high-skilled workers with expertise in the STEM fields from making vital contributions to our economy and instead exports these workers to competing global markets. By increasing the number of available H-1B work visas,expanding the green card program, and eliminating current obstacles, this bill will ensure that America remains an economic powerhouse in the global landscape.

“Knowing that these are complicated discussions well beyond the area of high skilled workforce issues, we commend members of the Senate for dedicating their time and focus to work across party lines to achieve a balanced and effective solution for a very serious problem in our country.”



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