TechNet Welcomes House Passage of Bill to Address Legal Immigration Backlog
Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives, today welcomed the passage of H.R. 1044, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sponsored by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Ken Buck (R-CO), H.R. 1044 would eliminate the per-country caps in the employment-based green card system.
“This bipartisan legislation will help address the deep backlogs in our legal high-skilled immigration system by eliminating the per-country green card caps. Passage of this bill in the House is a significant step towards ensuring the world's best and brightest can come to the U.S. to innovate alongside Americans, contribute to our economy, and fully integrate into our society,” said TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore.
“These backlogs have left countless talented innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs — almost all of whom are already living and working in the U.S., paying taxes, and raising children — waiting for years to be granted permanent residence,” added Moore. “During this time, they cannot start businesses that create new jobs or accept promotions without losing their place in line. This bill provides an important reform and TechNet commends Representatives Lofgren and Buck for their leadership.”
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