Council for Global Immigration Releases Principles for Immigration Reform



Council Contact: Pete Janhunen, The Fratelli Group, (202) 822-9491

Washington, D.C. – The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) today released a set of key principles for creating an immigration system that drives economic growth. CFGI’s principles urge policymakers to create an immigration system that is Competitive, Innovative and Fair, and stress the importance of policies that empower employers and employees to win in the increasingly complex 21st Century global economy. 

“Our employment-based immigration system is misaligned with the rapidly evolving world of work, and employers in the U.S. have missed out on opportunities to access the global talent that can help create new jobs for American workers,” said Lynn Shotwell, executive director of CFGI. “The principles we have outlined can shape the 21st Century immigration system to fuel growth, protect and invest in the American workforce and respond to future changes that affect the world of work.” 

For America’s employers and employees to compete and win in the global economy, CFGI calls on policymakers to create an employment-based immigration system that is:

1) Competitive: Creating and boosting U.S. economic growth and innovation. For example, policymakers can recognize that employers are best positioned to determine their skills and workforce needs. They can also provide enough visas for employers to recruit, hire, transfer and retain the best talent.

2) Innovative: Providing solutions that increase system effectiveness and predictability. For example, policymakers can enact a Trusted Employer program that creates efficiencies for low-risk, immigration-compliant employers and saves resources for top government priorities. They can also provide a reliable, national and entirely electronic employment verification system with state-of-the-art tools to accurately authenticate identity to hire a legal workforce.

3) Fair: Adopting policies that protect and develop the U.S. workforce. For example, policymakers can prioritize visas for employers that are growing the U.S. workforce and investing in the education and training of U.S. employees.

“We are ready to hit the ground running with a new Congress and President in 2017,” Shotwell continued. “These principles will drive our efforts forward – and we look forward to working with national leaders to turn them into reality.”


The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, comprised of over 200 corporations, universities and research institutions is engaged in the global movement of talent. CFGI members are in-house professionals responsible for ensuring compliance with immigration and related employment laws worldwide.  Learn more about us at