Immigration Reform is more necessary today than ever. In a recent article by Kate Tummarello for The Hill, she revealed that tech companies are renewing their call for new immigration legislation. How? They are keeping track of all of the jobs for U.S. workers that are NOT being created because of our current failed system of immigration. Every day we lose jobs for U.S. workers that would have been created by high-skilled immigrants who could not obtain visas to come to the U.S. This fact has been documented repeatedly over the years. The net impact of high-skilled workers coming to the U.S. is the CREATION of jobs for U.S. workers. NOT the loss of jobs for U.S. workers.
Foes of reform often argue that, allowing tech companies to bring in more high-skilled workers would allow them to export more jobs from the U.S. Such an argument simply makes no sense. And study after study reveals that the the incoming highly skilled workers do NOT take jobs from U.S. workers. Instead, as mentioned earlier, these immigrants actually create jobs for U.S. workers.
The H-1B visas allow companies to bring on high-skilled immigrants for specialized jobs. Increasing the number of H-1B visas available to tech companies has been a top priority for the industry, as it pushes for immigration reform in Congress. According to Ms. Tummarello, the group called Compete America says that there are 500,000 jobs every year for U.S. workers that are not created because of the limited number of scientists and engineers that are allowed into the United States. That is the equivalent of 2,000 new jobs every workday.
We, at Miley & Brown, P.C., applaud any efforts by the House Republicans to engage in bi-partisan efforts to move immigration reform forward. You can help make this happen by visit us at http://www.mileybrown.com where you can contact Congress to tell them you want immigration reform now.