26, June 2014, Chron

One year ago today, the U.S. Senate passed the first major piece of immigration reform legislation since the Reagan administration. That same day, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed a much more focused, but very important measure, called the SKILLS Visa Act, which would provide much-needed updates to our nation’s high-skilled visa system. However, neither bill has moved since, and many have proclaimed that reform is dead for yet another year given the dicey politics of offering legal status to our estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants.

But I for one am optimistic that Congress will act, because without reforming our broken immigration system, the U.S. economy will be stuck in a low-growth spiral for years to come.

Texas and the country need the benefits that smart immigration reform will bring now, giving businesses access to the talented workers they need to grow and thrive. As a longtime employment visa and immigration lawyer, and counsel to the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, I’ve witnessed first-hand the challenges businesses face in bringing in highly skilled foreign workers, even when it’s clear that we face a “skills gap” nationally and here in Texas. READ MORE…


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