Council for Global Immigration quoted in article – “Immigration Reform on ‘Life Support’”

Council in the News

​​SHRM, 06/04/2014 –

“The Council for Global Immigration…will continue to work toward effective reforms that facilitate global high-skilled talent mobility as more signs point to languishing movement on immigration reform legislation.

“…[Lynn] Shotwell vowed that the Council…will ‘stay ahead of the curve’ as reform deliberations continue. ‘We’ve learned that we must always recalibrate, reassess and redirect’…she said.

“The current political standoff on immigration reform boils down to House Republicans not wanting to take up comprehensive legislation passed in the Senate in 2013 and instead preferring a piecemeal approach. However, even that is being delayed by continuing opposition in the Republican caucus.

“…Shotwell remarked that the legislative inaction has not meant that the Council’s efforts haven’t paid off in other ways. Recent accomplishments include two policy changes unilaterally imposed by the White House that the Council has advocated on for years: benefits for same-sex families and work authorization for certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders. The Council is also working with the administration to improve the electronic I-94 process and advocates around the world for a trusted employer program…

“…The U.S. isn’t the only place businesses are facing immigration challenges. The Council monitors national and local immigration changes worldwide as well as the migration provisions being negotiated in ongoing trade agreement talks.

“…‘We may not get the comprehensive change that we want, but we must continue to work for incremental change,’ Shotwell reiterated. ‘With an immigration system that isn’t broken, we can recruit enough skilled talent, we can foster successful competition in the global marketplace, and we can feed the growth our nation needs in productivity and innovation.’”

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