Immigration Reform: Increasing Our Workforce
Jun 26, 2019
Our members consistently tell us that growing our skilled workforce is their number one concern. Advocating for immigration reform is one approach we’ve taken on the public policy front.
A bill before Congress called the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act would address many Economic Alliance member’s more immediate workforce needs. Currently, there is a 7% per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas and a 7% per-country cap for employment-based immigrant visas each year. These caps can be limiting for both immigrants from countries with many residents interested in living and working in the U.S. and for U.S. employers with open positions.
This bill would increase the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas to 15% and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. This legislation is a good step forward in one of the Economic Alliance’s public policy priorities to see reform in our county’s visa system to allow more workers to enter and stay in the U.S.
Senator Ernst and Representative Finkenauer have already indicated their support for the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. We urge Economic Alliance members to contact Senator Grassley’s office and Representative Loebsack’s office to encourage them to join Senator Ernst and Representative Finkenauer in co-sponsoring the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. Tell them Iowa needs more skilled workers and that raising work visa caps is one safe and reliable way to meet our workforce demands.