June 4, 2012
America’s Largest Employers Give Congress Details on Why New U.S. Polices are Essential to Remain Competitive in New World
ACIP Members Urge Lawmakers to Reform System to Recruit and Retain Top World Talent
Members of the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), including representatives from some of America’s largest companies, made the case to policymakers and their staff today on why reforms to the high-skilled, employment-based green card and visa systems are critical to U.S. job creation, economic growth, continued innovation and American competitiveness.
Immigration experts from companies including, the General Electric Company, the Exxon Mobil Corporation, Oracle and the Intel Corporation, spoke at a briefing held as part of ACIP’s Congressional Advocacy Day, the kickoff event of the association’s 40thAnniversary Symposium.
Some of those in attendance had this to say:
- Laurie Tortorella, Worldwide Immigration Manager, Intel Corporation:“As a forward-looking U.S. employer that wants to keep driving innovation and growing the U.S. economy, we need better access to foreign nationals who graduate with U.S. STEM master’s and Ph.D. degrees. We want to thank those members of Congress who have recently introduced and supported bills to allow employers to recruit and retain this talent, and we encourage more policymakers to do the same.”
- Denise Rahmani, Director, U.S. Immigration, Oracle: “U.S. companies need predictability to keep America’s innovation engine running – the kind of predictability that a Trusted Employer program would provide to law-abiding employers. Such a program has the added benefit of allowing the government to focus on fraud and abuse. It’s the kind of sensible, new policy America needs.”
- Austin Fragomen, Chairman, ACIP:“We were pleased to bring such a strong showing of support from our members, some of America’s largest and most innovative employers, to Capitol Hill to tell policymakers why reforms to the high-skilled immigration system are so critical America’s economic growth and competitiveness.”
- Rebecca Peters, Director and Counsel for Legislative Affairs, ACIP:“We applaud the wide support by members of Congress for legislation to fast-track U.S. STEM advanced degree holders who have a job offer to green card. ACIP will continue to work with lawmakers on policies that will help create the high-skilled workforce America will need to thrive in the 21stcentury global market.”
U.S. employers urge reform – a new world needs new policies!
Learn more about the new policies needed for a new world here. For more about ACIP, visit www.acip.com.
The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) represents employers working to speed U.S. economic recovery, create new jobs for all Americans and advance American innovation. Our members are companies, universities, research institutions and organizations that employ the critical talent that has and will continue to build the U.S. economy and raise the standard of living for all Americans. We build the workforces necessary to keep America on the cutting edge of worldwide innovation and leading the global economy. Learn more at www.acip.com.
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