ACIP Releases Employer Principles for Immigration Reform

Council Press Releases


January 23, 2013

Contact: Samantha Greene
The Fratelli Group
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​ACIP Releases Employer Principles for Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. – The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), representing more than 220 U.S. employers across the country, today released principles for immigration reform, which provide policy solutions for modernizing the astonishingly outdated U.S. immigration system, which, if not reformed, threatens U.S. economic growth and job creation.

“With immigration being a top priority for Congress and the administration this year, we hope these principles will help guide policymakers as they work to reform the U.S. system,” said ACIP Executive Director Lynn Shotwell. “ACIP and its members look forward to working with lawmakers on bipartisan solutions that will help U.S. employers boost economic prosperity and sustain job growth.”

The principles call for an employment-based immigration system that:

  • Rewards compliant employerswith a “Trusted Employer” program that is efficient, saves resources to combat fraud and provides a predictable application process.

  • Validates that employers know best how to build and manage their workforces.

  • Provides employers certainty in hiring with one secure, reliable electronic employment verification system.

  • Ensures bad actors are sanctioned without unduly burdening employers acting in good faith.

  • Makes green cards available by eliminating backlogs and per-country limits and by ultimately providing a market-based cap.

  • Ensures employers have access to and the ability to retain temporary professionals needed to grow business and create jobs.

  • Provides that any fees placed on compliant employers are reasonable and used to improve immigration services and competitiveness, and are not imposed as a mere tax.

  • Acknowledges that foreign talent complements the U.S. workforce and that U.S. employers competing in a global market will always need to utilize the best professionals worldwide while investing in and growing the domestic pipeline.

  • Recognizes the importance of family unity and the contributions of other key sources of foreign-born talent, including DREAMers, and provides spouses, permanent partners and children of foreign professionals with appropriate visas and work authorization.

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The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), a strategic affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), represents employers working to speed U.S. economic recovery, create new jobs for all Americans and advance American innovation. Our members are companies, universities, research institutions and organizations that employ the critical talent that has and will continue to build the U.S. economy and raise the standard of living for all Americans. We build the workforces necessary to keep America on the cutting edge of worldwide innovation and leading the global economy.

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