CFGI: RAISE Act is Wrong Solution to Nation’s Immigration Challenges


August 3, 2017

CFGI Contact:
John Bray
The Fratelli Group
(202) 822-9491

CFGI: RAISE Act is Wrong Solution to Nation’s Immigration Challenges

Washington, D.C. – Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director of the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), released the following statement regarding the RAISE Act, legislation spearheaded by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) that would replace today’s employment-based green card preference system with a points-based proposal and dramatically cut U.S. legal immigration levels. 

“CFGI has long supported modernizing the U.S. employment-based immigration system with fair, innovative and competitive solutions that benefit employers and employees by addressing the nation’s growing skills gap. As America works to educate and train U.S. professionals, the skills gap presents a serious threat to our continued economic growth. Unfortunately, the RAISE Act is not the solution for employers who need access to talent. 

“Congress and the Administration must recognize that employers are best able to determine their skills and workforce needs, not bureaucrats driving a points-based system.

“The current employment-based green card preference system is an effective framework for identifying and prioritizing the best qualified talent for employers. What it does not do is provide employers with enough green cards to access and retain that talent.

“The Cotton-Perdue RAISE Act not only fails to address these needs, it would undermine American competitiveness by significantly cutting legal immigration numbers. This legislation takes the wrong approach to reforming our immigration system.

“We stand ready to work with Congress on bipartisan solutions that reaffirm the critical role legal immigration plays in filling skills gaps, and that employers are best positioned to evaluate their skills and workforce needs.”


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