Opponents Say Expansion Of U.S. Immigrant Ban Should Not Include Skilled Workers

Published: 05/23/2020

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In an effort to stop President Trump from expanding his recently signed presidential proclamation halting immigration to the U.S. for certain immigrants, some leading organizations from the American business and immigration communities have rallied to protect the nonimmigrant skilled worker sector from being added to the prohibition. What is at stake is the ability of U.S. employers to access uniquely skilled professional workers from outside the United States, job creation from the know-how and innovation they bring, and the economic impact their entrepreneurship can provide to reinvigorate the American economy.

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A letter circulated by Compete America, a coalition of American employers dedicated to creating new jobs for Americans through education and reforming the nation’s broken high-skilled immigration system, called on President Trump to continue to allow skilled workers to immigrate to America. The letter which was recently submitted to the White House, was signed by over 300 U.S. companies and immigrant groups, and focused on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in defending current U.S. immigration policy that supports such workers. It states, “The centrality of the STEM workforce today across the American economy is evidenced by the fact that in the 21st century Americans with university STEM degrees are called upon to use their quantitative skills in finance, public administration, professional services, manufacturing, information, education, health care, transportation, and retail, in addition to high-tech, as the Census Bureau has explained.”

It adds, “As described in a July 2019 economic study on the impact of highly-skilled STEM immigration on the U.S. economy, the foreign-born share of STEM professionals in the United States increased from about 16% to 24% over the period 2000 to 2015 creating an estimated benefit of $103 billion for American workers.” Almost all this benefit was, “attributed to the generation of ideas associated with high-skilled STEM immigration which promotes the development of new technologies that increase the productivity and wages of U.S.-born workers.”

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