WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today on the re-introduction of the bicameral and bipartisan Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act by Senators Harris (D-CA) and Lee (R-UT) and Reps. Lofgren (D-CA) and Buck (R-CO), along with 114 co-sponsors:
“We commend these bipartisan leaders for re-introducing the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, a bill that would reduce decades-long wait times for skilled immigrants who have been living and working in the U.S. for years but are stuck indefinitely in the green card backlog simply because of their country of origin. Eliminating the outdated caps would help keep the U.S. globally competitive, providing the certainty needed to attract and retain the best and brightest scientists, engineers, doctors, and researchers. It would also provide relief and equity for millions of immigrants and their families, including their U.S.-born citizen children, ready to build their lives as permanent residents, and perhaps one day citizens, of the United States.
“Every day we fail to modernize our outdated immigration system we put our role as the global economic and innovation leader more at risk. Unnecessary restrictions and increasing unpredictability will drive these highly talented individuals to leave for other places that are fighting hard to attract them, like Canada and Europe. Instead, we should keep their talents here, where they grow the economy, create jobs and boost wages for Americans.”