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The latest on immigration reform
Comprehensive immigration reform continues to gain momentum in the U.S. House and Senate. Last week, draft legislation was released. One of the key components of immigration reform is the overhaul of the H-1B visa program. In recent years, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce has built a strong working relationship with The Brookings Institution, a well-respected non-profit think-tank and public policy organization. Last week, Brookings released the article below to explain the necessity for a revamped H-1B visa program.
By: Neil G. Ruiz and Jill H. Wilson
Published: April 18, 2013
The annual H-1B visa scramble ended in just five days earlier this month. Due to high employer demand, 39,000 requests for H-1B workers were denied, and the 65,000 available visas were allocated using a lottery system. So it's wait until next year for those out of luck. ... (Click here to read more)
In related news, The Partnership for a New American Economy has joined with Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform and Ali Noorani from the National Immigration Forum to release a new poll conducted by the Winston Group. 800 Americans with an oversample of 400 Republicans were surveyed. The poll found that 74% of Americans (and 67% of Republicans) support the Gang of 8 bill. In the press release, Charleston Metro Chamber President CEO Bryan Derreberry is quoted. Derreberry points out that the poll's results mirror what he has seen from the business communities in both the Charleston Metro region and the state of South Carolina. For the full poll results, click here. To view the press release, click here.