Support for IDEA Act of 2011

Letters to Congress

​​ June 14, 2011

The Honorable Zoe Lofgren
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Ranking Member Lofgren:
On behalf of the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), I am writing to thank you for introducing theImmigration Driving Entrepreneurship in America Act of 2011, or the IDEA Act of 2011, legislation that will help spur U.S. job creation, economic growth and innovation through meaningful reform of the U.S. employment-based immigration system.  

ACIP is the leading trade association that advocates for sound business immigration policy.  Our members consist of over 220 of America’s largest companies, universities and non-profit research institutions.  We represent the in-house human resource and legal professionals responsible for hiring, transferring and retaining top talent as a part of their organization’s global workforce.  They know firsthand the critical importance of having a U.S. immigration system that encourages and enables growth and competitiveness – not one that stifles and impedes it.
They also know firsthand the critical importance of having an efficient immigration processing system, and the IDEA Act of 2011 rightly recognizes that the agencies, employers and employees all benefit from creating greater efficiencies in the system, as the Trusted Employer and Trusted Recruiter Programs you propose would do.  ACIP has long advocated for a Trusted Employer Program as a practical reform that would free government resources to focus on more pressing issues and employer resources to focus on the critical goals of job creation and innovation.
In addition, by including provisions that would both reform the employment-based immigration system and improve U.S. education and training, the IDEA Act of 2011 recognizes the critical importance of highly educated talent – no matter where they are born – to the American workforce and economy.  In particular, providing a path to green cards for foreign-born students who receive advanced degrees from U.S. universities in key scientific and technical fields, as your legislation would do, is a common sense reform that has drawn broad bipartisan support and one which should be enacted without delay.
While this legislation is a step forward, we remain concerned that certain provisions may have unintended consequences for certain industries.  We look forward to working with you to craft an immigration system that makes all American industries more competitive.
Again, we thank you and look forward to working with you and your colleagues to enact meaningful, bipartisan reform of the employment-based immigration system this year.  
Respectfully submitted,
Lynn Shotwell
Executive Director, ACIP
The Honorable Lamar Smith
The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
The Honorable Elton Gallegly​



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