ACIP Quoted - “SHRM, ACIP optimistic on immigration reform”

Council in the News

​​BenefitsPro, 06/17/2013 –


“They didn’t use the word but that’s what Mike Aitken of the Society of Human Resource Management and Lynn Shotwell of the American Council on International Personnel seemed to agree employers would see happen in the next couple of weeks, as lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate negotiate a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system.

“An accord would, indeed, require Democrats and Republicans to bend further than might seem probable. One of the biggest hurdles: a provision by Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas that would require the Department of Homeland Security and the top federal auditor to certify a 90-percent apprehension rate of illegal crossers at the border, as well as the installation of a biometric exit system at all air and sea ports.

“…While acknowledging Cornyn had ‘ratcheted’ up matters, Shotwell said she remained optimistic reform would happen.

“‘Both parties recognize this is a problem we have to solve,’ she said. ‘I think the Senate will work out something.’

“She and Aitken agreed the odds of adoption of comprehensive reform…seem better than they have in years.

“…Shotwell predicted that failure to get the legislation through will hurt American workers, as well as those who hope to immigrate to the U.S. by obtaining a green card.

"If nothing happens in Washington, she said, employers wanting to expand their operations will likely do so in other countries, where they can find the skills they need to operate their plants.

“…‘We put our nation at a competitive disadvantage,’ if Congress fails to pass reform, she said. ‘The government has to find a new way of doing business.’

“Beyond boosting employment-based green cards and visas, SHRM and ACIP…have been pushing for the creation of a Trusted Employer program and the establishment of a single, national and entirely electronic employment verification system.”

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