Statement on Senate Democrats' Call for “High-Skilled Immigration” Reform in “Jobs First” AgendaThu, 06/30/2011 - 11:15 — admin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2011
Statement of Partnership for a New American Economy on the Senate Democrats’ "Jobs First" agenda announced today
"The Partnership for a New American Economy applauds the strong statement in support of immigration reform included in the Senate Democrats’ 'Jobs First' agenda, discussed today by Senate Leadership. Specifically, the agenda calls for 'reforming America's high-skilled immigration system,' a recognition of the crucial role that jobs-targeted immigration reform would play in putting Americans back to work and ensuring our nation’s full economic recovery. The House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators, released in May, made a similar call for jobs-focused immigration reforms, noting specifically the importance to our nation’s economy of attracting and retaining immigrant entrepreneurs and foreign students receiving advanced degrees in fields critical to our economy. These strong, consistent statements from Congressional leaders in both parties prove that Congress can break the logjam and move forward on a bipartisan agenda for visa reform that will create jobs and help ensure our nation’s full economic recovery."
About the Partnership
The Partnership for a New American Economy is a national bipartisan group of more than 300 mayors and CEOs making the economic case for sensible immigration reform. The Partnership’s members include mayors who represent over 33 million residents in large and small cities across the country and business leaders who employ almost 4 million people in all sectors of the economy.
The Partnership’s Co-Chairs are Steven A. Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft Corporation; Robert Iger, President and CEO, Walt Disney Co.; J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc.; Jim McNerney, Chairman, President and CEO of Boeing; Rupert Murdoch, Chairman, CEO and Founder of News Corporation; Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York; Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio; Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix; Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia; and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.
Contact: Marc La Vorgna (212) 788-2958