Sometimes "smart" immigration reform is counter-intuitive. In an opinion piece in the Milwaukee Journal today by Kurt R. Bauer and Jay Timmons wrote that "Manufacturers need immigration reform". With unemployment still hovering near 7.5% it seems counter-intuitive to suggest that we need more immigration, especially in manufacturing. Despite the unemployment rate, employers are struggling to fill jobs. Bauer and Timmons report that 600,000 manufacturing jobs are open because employers can't find workers with the right skills. The situation is even more extreme in "STEM" fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In a 2012 report done by the Information Technology Industry Council, Partnership for a New American Economy, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, concluded that there were 1.9 job openings for every unemployed worker in a STEM field. THAT is a shortage of qualified workers! That report further concluded that "every foreign-born student who graduates from a U.S. university with an advanced degree and stays to work in STEM has been shown to create on average 2.62 jobs for American workers-often because they help lead in innovation, research, and development." In a June 2011 report by the Partnership for a New American Economy (a consortium of major corporate CEO's and Mayors), highlights the significant benefit we receive from immigrant entrepreneurs by looking at the Fortune 500. "The companies that populate the list - names like Kraft, Ford, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Mattel, Google, McDonald's, Heinz, Home Depot, Hertz, Estée Lauder, UPS, Boeing and Disney - are synonymous with America's leading role in the global marketplace. But the great American companies listed above are also "New American" companies - companies founded by immigrants or their children - a characteristic they share with more than 200 others on the 2010 Fortune 500 list."
The point is that America benefits enormously from legal immigration. It is time for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. America needs new legal immigrants to secure our future in the competitive world markets. You can quickly and easily contact your Congressional delegate to tell them what you think by visiting the Miley & Brown, P.C. website at www.mileybrown.com and selecting "Contact Congress".