Facts About High Skilled Immigrants and the Economy: Part 4 of 4

Despite all of the myths surrounding immigrant workers, the facts demonstrate that the immigrant workforce build businesses and create jobs, they compliment the U.S. workforce, not displace it, and they drive wages up by earning higher wages, not lower ones. Now we come to the 4th week of dispelling myths about immigrant workers with plain facts.  What follows is a continuation of the American Immigration Counsel‘s report, Fueling the Recovery, regarding highly skilled immigrants and the U.S. economy. As we have previously stated, this report is attributed solely to the AIC’s Immigration Policy Center. While we can take absolutely no credit for what follows, we, as advocates of comprehensive immigration reform, find the AIC’s report of such high value in dispelling the myths about immigrant workers that we post it here:

To create the best possible high-skilled workforce, the United States must reform both its educational and immigration systems

  • The 2012 report from the Information Technology Industry Council, the Partnership for a New American Economy, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce notes that the unmet demand for high-skilled professionals calls for an overhaul of the U.S. educational system at all levels to equip more native-born students for careers in STEM fields. But that is a long-term investment that will take many years to produce results. In the meantime, “there are talented and accomplished STEM graduates from U.S. universities who are blocked from contributing to the U.S. economy by current immigration law.”
  • As Microsoft argues in a 2012 policy proposal, the United States needs “a two-pronged approach that will couple long-term improvements in STEM education in the United States with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms. If done correctly, the latter can help fund the former.” Specifically, Microsoft calls for an increase in the number of H-1B visas and green cards available to highly skilled professionals from abroad.
  • A 2011 report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Council on International Personnel concludes: “Closing the door to highly educated individuals…who aid the competitiveness of U.S. companies will weaken, not strengthen, our country and will diminish the competitiveness of American employers. In the global economy, investment follows the talent and attempts to restrict the hiring of talented foreign-born professionals in the United States encourages such hiring to take place overseas, where the investment dollars will follow.”

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