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Obama immigration reform wants to attract and retain highly skilled manpower

Thursday, November 15th 2012 - 11:01 UTC
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The business community concerned about getting high-skill labour, said Obama  The business community concerned about getting high-skill labour, said Obama

US President Barack Obama plans to give new thrust to a comprehensive immigration reform in the country, one that would not only address the issue of illegal immigrants but also how to attract and retain highly skilled manpower from the rest of the world.

At his maiden White House press meet following re-election, Obama said he is very confident that they can get immigration reform done. Noting that there has been bipartisan support to this effort, Obama said there is need to seize the moment.

“My expectation is, is that we get a bill introduced and we begin the process in Congress very soon after my inauguration. In fact, some conversations I think are already beginning to take place among senators and congressmen and my staff about what would this look like,” he said.

“When I say comprehensive immigration reform, it is very similar to the outlines of previous efforts at comprehensive immigration reform. I think it should include a continuation of the strong border security measures that we've taken because we have to secure our borders.

”I think it should contain serious penalties for companies that are purposely hiring undocumented workers and taking advantage of them,“ Obama said.

Taking about Dream Act that would provide conditional permanent residency to certain undocumented minor immigrants, he said, ”Obviously, making sure that we put into law what the first step that we've taken administratively dealing with the Dream Act kids is very important as well.

“One thing that I'm very clear about is that young people who are brought here through no fault of their own, who have gone to school here, pledged allegiance to our flag, want to serve in our military, want to go to school and contribute to our society, that they shouldn't be under the cloud of deportation, that we should give them every opportunity to earn their citizenship,” Obama noted.

And there are other components to it, he said. “The business community continues to be concerned about getting enough high-skill workers, and I am a believer that if you've got a PhD in physics or computer science who wants to stay here and start a business here, we shouldn't make it harder for him to stay here; we should try to encourage him to contribute to this society,” Obama said.

The agricultural sector obviously has very specific concerns about making sure that they've got a workforce that helps deliver food to tables.

”So there are going to be a bunch of components to it, but I think whatever process we have needs to make sure our border security is strong, needs to deal with employers effectively, needs to provide a pathway for the undocumented here, and needs to deal with the Dream Act kids.


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  • briton

    well you can have all of ours for free.
    how abt that.

    Nov 15th, 2012 - 02:41 pm 0
  • Ayayay

    Microsoft has proposed a great plan: pay-to-play HB-1s (paid by the recruiting company). The revenue will be invested in training U.S. citizens in STEM careers, and the skills they needed to recruit for in the first place.

    Nov 15th, 2012 - 06:08 pm 0
  • Captain Poppy

    I really have not problem with immigrants. However I would like to see:

    1- They have a natural born sponsor
    2-The know and are tested in the English language
    3- They show they can support themselves, if need be for a period of no less than 3 years
    4-They have a legal sponsored employment
    5-They have no significant health issues
    6-Any crime committed (traffic violations not counted) in their 3 year period, deportation.
    7-Companies that hire illegal immigrants will be subjected to a significant fine first offense, CEO and Board of Directors will be subject to criminal prosecution and incarceration second offense.

    I do believe migration is a human right, but I also believe each country should have policies that are sensible and realistic

    Nov 16th, 2012 - 01:17 am 0
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