“Jeb Bush Calls for Immigration, Education Reform”

6/19/2018
SHRM


“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called for comprehensive immigration reform to ease the U.S. talent shortage in a wide-ranging speech to more than 17,000 HR professionals…

“…Speaking at the opening general session of the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition, Bush also advocated for educational system improvements to address the growing skills gap and a second chance for ex-offenders by aiding their re-entry into the workforce.

“…To address the U.S. talent shortage, he urged comprehensive immigration reform.

“‘For the first time in history, we have more job openings than people,’ he said.

“With Baby Boomers retiring and birth rates among U.S.-born parents declining, there will be 8 million fewer workers in 20 years if immigration is cut off. Legal immigrants have a higher workforce participation rate and form more businesses, he said. And, contrary to cable news pundits, he said, ‘immigrants commit fewer crimes.’

“But to turn immigration into an economic driver, the U.S. government does need to control the flow of undocumented immigrants…

“…Bush also pushed for a citizenship path for ‘Dreamers,’ the undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Immigrants with higher education degrees should automatically receive a green card, he said.

“‘Immigration can be a catalyst for economic growth. In my opinion, it ought to be depoliticized and stop being used as a wedge political issue on both sides,’ said Bush, receiving applause from the audience. ‘America's immigrant experience is part of our DNA.’”

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