Debate on immigration reform continues to rage with strongly divergent opinions about how such legislation would affect the economy and national security. Among the concerns of American workers is whether an influx of legal foreign workers could instigate a drop in manufacturing wages. Read more
With August recess putting a halt on congressional action on an immigration reform that would provide the pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented workers, various leading organizations — including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Fwd.us, a reform advocacy group for the tech industry, have released advertising campaigns that urge for bipartisan support of the legislation.
Midway through 2013, little progress has been made in Washington to address the nation’s immediate economic challenges. What looked like a promising year in January is looking less so six months later. Read more
An immigration bill put forth by a bipartisan group of eight senators was completed on Tuesday, seeking to fix major problems found in the U.S. immigration system and implement a method of getting 11 million illegal immigrants on the path to legality. The bill also is a boon for American companies desperate for skilled engineers, as the bill stands to increase immigration of foreigners with engineering skills assets. Read more
The demand for H-1B visa applications is so great among U.S. companies that a lottery may go into effect, an indication that more American businesses are turning to immigrants to fill vacant positions, and prompting worker advocacy groups to criticize businesses looking for cheap labor. Read more
H-1B visas are meant to attract the “best and brightest” to American shores, but a new paper contends that the H-1B visa program is not making U.S. companies more innovative and, in some ways, is making them less so. Read more