Foreign-born workers play a vital role in the U.S. economy, contributing to the global competitiveness of American companies and ultimately promoting the welfare of American communities and workers.
Human resources executives support immigration policies that secure these benefits while protecting American jobs and confirming our values as a nation of immigrants.
Unfortunately, immigration policy often falls short of meeting workforce needs.
- Work visas such as the H-1B, L-1, and H-2B have come under severe scrutiny by policymakers on both sides of the aisle. This is despite generally strong legal and regulatory protections against displacing American jobs and robust evidence that these visa programs benefit American workers and the American economy.
- Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) continue to face uncertainty despite overwhelming support by the American public to pass legislation authorizing DACA.
Policymakers should admit the manpower—from Ph.D. scientists to unskilled workers—that U.S. companies require to compete and grow. The consequences of inaction negatively affect our national economy, communities, workers, and global competitiveness. HR Policy immigration initiatives drive at closing this gap between policy and workforce needs.
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