CFGI & SHRM: House Bill Is “Wrong Solution” to Nation’s Immigration Challenges

September 14, 2017                                                             

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CFGI & SHRM: House Bill Is “Wrong Solution” to Nation’s Immigration Challenges

House Version of RAISE Act Presents Same Concerns as Senate Proposal

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director of the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), and Mike Aitken, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), released the following statement regarding the Immigration in the National Interest Act. The legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), a companion to the Senate’s RAISE Act, would replace today’s employment-based green card preference system with a points-based proposal and dramatically cut U.S. legal immigration levels.

“The Immigration in the National Interest Act is still the wrong solution to the immigration challenges facing our nation,” said Shotwell. “Experience has taught us that employers are in the best position to determine their skills and workforce needs. The notion that this points-based system is modeled on what other countries use reveals a misunderstanding of their systems and the needs of American employers.”
“Rep. Smith’s bill proposes a 20-point threshold that rates potential employment-based immigrants based on their age, education, prospective salary and score on an English language assessment,” Shotwell continued. “These criteria do not take into consideration employer assessments of candidates’ experience or other qualifications employers deem essential to business operations. Many of the most qualified candidates would not meet the threshold – highlighting the inherent weakness of this bureaucratic-driven, points-based approach.”

“This House companion legislation presents the same concerns as the Senate’s earlier proposal,” Aitken said. “The bill fails to tackle the primary challenge employers face: providing enough visas to clear today’s green card backlogs and provide access to talented individuals today and in the future. In fact, it undermines American competitiveness by significantly cutting legal immigration numbers.”

“We remain ready to work with Congress on bipartisan solutions that advance fair, innovative and competitive immigration reforms, reaffirm the critical role legal immigration plays in filling skills gaps and recognize that employers are best positioned to determine their organization skills and workforce needs,” Aitken added. “The Immigration in the National Interest Act fails that test.”


The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of leading multinational corporations, universities and research institutions committed to advancing the employment-based immigration of high-skilled professionals. CFGI bridges the public and private sectors to promote sensible, forward-thinking policies that foster innovation and job growth. Learn more about us at

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

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