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TechAmerica Comments on Executive Order on Immigration and Urges Congress to Implement Legislative Solution for Nation's Talent Crisis

Washington, D.C., November 21, 2014 – TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, today issued the following statement concerning President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform. The following statement is attributed to Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President of Public Advocacy.

 

"The high-tech related principles revealed last night in the President’s address to the nation may be well intended but executive action is not the long term solution.   Our immigration system is severely limiting our ability to attract and retain the high skilled talent who help drive innovation and growth for our nation’s economy. 

 

“The preferred and lasting path to high skilled immigration reform must be for Congress and the White House to work together to introduce and pass legislation that addresses an insufficient number of temporary work visas and employment-based green cards.  Additionally, such legislation must recognize the role that foreign-born entrepreneurs play in our ecosystem and encourage them to thrive and create new businesses and jobs.

 

“We stand ready to work with Congress and the Administration to keep high-skilled, foreign-born talent in the U.S. to help spur innovation, build our local economies and move forward in this 21st century,” said Hyman.