Governor Romney Talks High-Skilled Immigration Reform

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ITI and TechElect have long advocated for high-skilled immigration reform.  The 21st century demands bright and creative minds that are able to think big and turn innovative ideas into life-changing goods and services.  Unfortunately, outdated U.S. immigration policies are keeping the skilled talent we need in the U.S. either out of the country or from starting new business ventures.  Too often, we educate foreign-born students at some of the best colleges and universities in the world, only to make them leave after they graduate.  Hundreds of thousands of foreign-born professionals are already here in the U.S. on temporary visas, but can’t get the permanent visas they need to advance in their own companies or launch startups that create American jobs.  Our foreign competitors are happy to hire these new graduates and budding entrepreneurs, knowing full well that they are the job creators their current and future economies need.  This puts the U.S. at a distinct disadvantage of our own making.  Fortunately, Governor Mitt Romney recognizes the dilemma.

Today, Governor Romney outlined an immigration reform agenda in remarks before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando.  The Governor’s three-point framework is based broadly on a series of bipartisan ideas that are rooted in reform proposals we have been advocating for going back to at least 2005.  His plan to raise the caps on temporary visas for highly skilled immigrants is similar to a plan offered by Senator John Cornyn of Texas that passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support in 2006.  The Governor’s proposal to raise the per country caps also has a history of bipartisan support and leadership from Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Jason Chaffetz and Senators Mike Lee and Charles Schumer.  The House of Representatives even passed Mr. Chaffetz’s plan last December with 389 votes in support.  Last but not least, the Governor’s call to allow every foreign-born student who earns an advanced degree in STEM at a U.S. university to stay here permanently is part of several bipartisan proposals known as the Startup Act 2.0.  Taken together, the Governor’s proposals are easily achievable, commonsense solutions that could help kick-start our sluggish economy.

Highly-skilled immigrants are quickly becoming a vital piece of the economy fabric that makes up this country.  Studies indicate that immigrants are 30 percent more likely to start a business, and some of the most successful tech ventures to date owe their existence to those born abroad.  “Immigration reform,” said the Governor, “is not just a moral imperative, but an economic necessity as well.  Immigrants with advanced degrees start companies, create jobs, and drive innovation at a high rate.”

Governor Romney’s skilled immigration plan has its origins in proposals with strong bipartisan support in Congress.  The question then is when Congress will put down the political football and update our immigration policy.

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  • Sylvie Mon., August 26, 3:45 AM
    Thank you so much, Trish, for your support! In the coimng weeks, we will be setting up a site branch, specifically dedicated as a network that group representatives can sign into to connect with others who are leading similar efforts, and find out ways to better collaborate, and support each other. I will be sure to include Children and Immigration Reform as one of the categories for groups. I agree with you wholeheartedly that this is an important issue. Give me a couple of days to mull this over and make some calls, and I will be reaching you via email. Again, we appreciate so much your ideas, eagerness to join our efforts, and dedication to the cause!~Zulema, Director of Outreach
  • Ksenia Sun., August 25, 1:41 PM
    The Republican Establishment that put Daddy Bush and his son into the White House started dying with with jurions poll numbers, around 2005-06TEA got it onto life support after the dems had it dead and buried in 2008... without TEA there would no longer be a viable GOP- Jeb still has friends in Florida and in the old establishment...Outside of that, well folks finally figured out it was his daddy who started the process of surrendering our sovereignty to the UN among other things..Hell I blasted Jeb this morning in a education blog.. He and Obama are both supported by Gates..BTW Later this afternoon I'll be making an announcement later that could have a positive effect on border security
  • DrStudent Mon., July 9, 5:03 PM
    As a doctoral student studying entrepreneurship, I see tons of students with great ideas forced to leave the US upon graduation. They then create jobs, value and wealth in their home countries instead of here in the US where they were educated. This is a most serious issue and must be addressed.
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