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Worldwide ERC® Advocates for Bold Immigration Reform in Congress

Eric House - Feb 12 2021
Published in: Public Policy
Worldwide ERC® President and CEO Lynn Shotwell sent a letter to the House Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee leaders advocating for bold immigration reform.

On 11 February, Worldwide ERC® President and CEO Lynn Shotwell sent a letter to House Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Ranking Member Tom McClintock (R-CA) supporting the subcommittee’s efforts to boldly reform the U.S. immigration system. As the U.S. continues its efforts to strengthen the economy, immigration reform plays a key role in broader economic recovery efforts and will help employers and workers thrive during and after a post-pandemic recovery.

The letter emphasized the need for an employment-based immigration system that recognizes the value of immigrants and nonimmigrants and is built for the modern world. It is our belief that immigration public policies should balance the needs of national security and U.S. economic growth; treat people fairly; support productivity; protect workers; encourage innovation; and be predictable and reliable to prevent abuse of the system. Worldwide ERC® advocates for reforms to create an employment-based immigration system that will help America and Americans during and beyond the pandemic, and must, at minimum, include:

  • A Modern Immigrant and Non-immigrant Employment-Based System. Employers and workers need a predictable and reliable system that provides the green cards and L, H-1B and other nonimmigrant visas needed to recruit, deploy, transfer and retain top world talent.
  • An Increase in Certainty that Saves Resources with Trusted Employer. A Trusted Employer program would help eliminate any abuses by recognizing employers who are known to the government, saving precious resources. This program would also help increase business certainty in workforce planning and mobility.

How This Impacts Mobility

Immigration policies have always played a critical role in workforce mobility. To fill critical skills gaps and build the strongest U.S. workforce that will drive the most economic growth and job creation, employers may need to relocate or transfer foreign-born workers who complement their American workforce. Such immigration reform as outlined in Worldwide ERC®’s letter will boost the workforce mobility industry and the economy. Should any member have questions regarding this letter, please reach out to our Vice President of Member Engagement and Public Policy Rebecca Peters, rpeters@worldwideerc.org.