Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011

7/14/2011
Letters to Congress

​​July 12. 2011

Sent via Electronic Mail
The Honorable Robert Menendez
U.S. Senate, 528 Senate Hart Building
​Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Menendez:

On behalf of the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), I am writing to applaud you for moving the immigration debate forward with the introduction of S. 1258, "The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011."

ACIP is a membership-driven trade association dedicated to promoting the hiring and retention of the world's best and brightest talent for U.S. employers, while educating our members on continued compliance with U.S. immigration law and policies.  We represent 220 of the largest U.S. employers with a presence both in the United States and abroad who each have at least 500 employees worldwide.  Collectively, our members employ millions of U.S. workers in industries ranging from high-tech, biotechnology, energy, healthcare, and manufacturing, to private and public research and academic institutions.  Since 1972, we have worked with Congress and the Executive Branch to facilitate the movement of key international personnel and innovators. Our members know firsthand the critical importance of having a U.S. immigration system that encourages and enables growth and competitiveness.

We thank you and your co-sponsors for the introduction of S. 1258, which illustrates your continued efforts to enact much needed reforms to our immigration system.  We appreciate your understanding of the value of a highly educated and skilled workforce and how that leads to America's economic growth.  The highly educated employment-based green card provisions in your bill are the sort of reforms that American employers need to attract and retain top world talent so they can continue to innovate and grow our economy and jobs.

We also want to specifically thank you for the bill's inclusion of  provisions reinstating the visa revalidation program; U.S. citizens' and legal permanent residents' ability to sponsor a permanent partner for a green card; as well as, the DREAM ACT provisions.  However, we remain concerned about proposals around an immigration commission.  In particular we have concern about any commission's mission, specifically if the commission's mission is to set employment based immigration visa levels.  We also have concern around the selection, structure, accountability, and methodology of any commission, specifically what data would a commission rely on and would there be a role for individual employer decisions and an understanding of global recruitment practices in the commission's decision making process? In the end ACIP recommends that if Congress decides to establish a commission that it must be clearly defined and function in a time-limited advisory capacity.

Again, we thank you for introducing S. 1258.  ACIP looks forward to working with you and your colleagues to enact bipartisan employment-based immigration reform this year that will help employers create U.S. jobs, grow our economy and keep America on the cutting edge of global innovation.   

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Peters
Director and Counsel for Legislative Affairs

cc:       
The Honorable Richard Durbin
The Honorable Kirsten E. Gillibrand
The Honorable John F. Kerry
The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy
The Honorable Patty Murray
The Honorable Harry Reid
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer​

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