“As hardworking Americans, they deserve to stay here.”
Immigrants are an important part of American society and should have a path to citizenship.
We all benefit from the rich cultural and economic diversity immigrants bring to our community. Research shows that immigrants improve the quality of life for all Americans. Immigrants and their children founded over 40% of Fortune 500 companies, and these companies employ more than ten million people worldwide. Notably, Steve Jobs’s father was an immigrant from Syria.
H-1B visas allow for employers to hire highly skilled immigrants for which there are not enough skilled American workers to fill available jobs. Immigrants with H-1B visas bring a global business perspective and set of diverse experiences to an organization. As a system vital to American innovation, the Trump Administration’s policy to make it more difficult for immigrants to receive these visas undermines economic growth and American competitiveness. We will easily start losing this highly-skilled talent to other countries that are more welcoming to immigrant workers and their families. As a country of immigrants, we should welcome this talent with open arms.
We are a nation of immigrants and that is one of our greatest strengths.