CEA on Immigration Effort: More Needed, With Congress' Help
In a statement Friday on President Obama's proposed executive action on immigration reform, the Consumer Electronics Association both praised the "minor incremental improvements" put forward by the president, and called for further action.
"We appreciate President Obama's efforts to make minor incremental improvements to the high-skilled visa and STEM visa programs and look forward to seeing more details. Still, our high-skilled immigration system needs a complete overhaul, which can’t be fixed with an executive action," President and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement.
"U.S. global competitiveness is being threatened by our outdated legal immigration policies, costing our economy hundreds of thousands of jobs a year. We urge the White House and the next Congress to work together toward a legislative solution that decouples bipartisan, high-skilled immigration reform from overall reform efforts. High-skilled immigration already has the support of Democrats and Republicans. This is a critical issue that cannot get caught up for another year in the politics of comprehensive immigration reform."