The Urgency Of Immigration Reform: Attracting The World’s Best And Brightest.
A Conversation About Working Families’ Issues With Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
The Urgency of Immigration Reform: Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest
04:30 PM EDT
It has been nearly a year since the Senate passed a strongly bipartisan immigration reform bill that would fix our broken immigration system, reduce federal deficits by nearly $850 billion, and increase GDP by $1.4 trillion over the next two decades. As the economic costs of inaction continue to grow, now is the time for the House of Representatives to do its part to get a commonsense immigration reform bill to the President’s desk. Simply put: The House can and should act before August.
Throughout this week, we will highlight the urgency and importance of attracting the best and brightest talent from around the world, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Senate bill would effectively “staple” a green card to the diplomas of advanced STEM graduates from U.S. universities, so that these talented researchers have a chance to stay and contribute to our economy.
Every foreign-born graduate with an advanced STEM degree is associated with, on average, 2.6 jobs for American workers. By some estimates, immigration was responsible for one-third of the growth in patenting in past decades, and these innovations contributed to increasing U.S. GDP by 2.4 percent.
There are people here who know what it means to dream. When Mohamad Abedi was a boy, the suffering he saw in refugee camps in Lebanon didn’t drive him into despair — it inspired him to become a doctor. And when he came to America, he discovered a passion for engineering. So here, at UC Irvine, he became a biomedical engineer to study the human brain. And Mohamad said, “Had I never come to the United States, I would have never had the ability to do the work that I’m doing.” He’s now going to CalTech to keep doing that work.
Today’s advanced STEM graduate could be tomorrow’s world-class, world-changing scientist. After all, one recent study looked at all U.S.-based Nobel laureates over the past 50 years, and found that 26 percent were foreign born.
When the President recently met with America’s nine most recently minted Nobel laureates in the Oval Office, we asked them to share their perspective on the importance of immigration reform. As you might imagine, these pioneering biologists, chemists, and economists had a great deal to say about the importance of maintaining America’s competitive advantage as a magnet for global talent:
As the President has repeatedly emphasized, America needs a 21st century immigration system — one that strengthens border security, cracks down on employers that hire and exploit undocumented workers, creates a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and removes obstacles to legal immigration. A system that welcomes the best and brightest scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs from around the world to innovate here in America.
It doesn’t take a Nobel Prize winner to understand that the time is now.
Tune In: A Conversation About Working Families’ Issues With Labor Secretary Tom Perez
04:07 PM EDT
This Wednesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez will be joining a digital conversation about how working families’ issues — from paid leave to other policies that offer more flexibility in the workplace — uniquely impact low-wage workers.
The conversation, which will be hosted and moderated by HuffPost Live, will include business leaders who have instituted these policies, workers whose lives they are helping, and business leaders who are advoacting on behalf of them.
Have a question that you’d like to ask the Secretary about workplace policies that can help more working families succeed?
And if you’ve got a story to tell about how your family would be helped by 21st-century workplace policies, you can share it here.
Wednesday’s conversation is the digital completement to a series of regional roundtable events that have been happening across the country, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.
Statements and Releases – June 16th, 2014
Background Conference Call on the Vice President’s Upcoming Trip to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic
Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:
Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Michael M. Baylson, retired.
Victor Allen Bolden, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, vice Janet Bond Arterton, retiring.
Mark A. Kearney, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice J. Curtis Joyner, retired.
Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Eduardo C. Robreno, retired.
Gerald J. Pappert, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Stewart R. Dalzell, retired.
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