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Bloomberg Discussion on Immigration and Jobs

January 26, 2012

The day after the President’s State of the Union address, Bloomberg TV hosted a discussion on some of the issues raised in the speech, including high skills immigration. According to the President

I also hear from many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can’t find workers with the right skills.  Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job.  Think about that –- openings at a time when millions of Americans are looking for work.  It’s inexcusable.  And we know how to fix it.

One of the participants, Rick Marini, CEO of BranchOut Inc. a job search network which operates through Facebook, responded to the moderator’s question about the engineering shortage in the U.S.

There is definitely a gap between the amount of jobs available and the skill sets that are here in Silicon Valley or anywhere in the U.S.

He described it as a “[m]ajor shortage, especially on technology.” Marini was supportive of the Administration’s efforts to address the issues involved in high-skills immigration, though another participant, Vivek Wadhwa, expressed frustration with the Administration’s rhetoric on immigration and the lack of results. The third participant, Cory Johnson, an editor at Bloomberg, opined that comprehensive immigration reform was an impossibility.

When the answer is going after all immigration problems at once, you can’t solve this problem. You probably can’t get anything done.

One of the most broadly-supported legislative proposals in recent years which is currently under consideration is H.R. 3012, which seeks to address the tremendous backlog in granting permanent resident visas to those born in India and China. This proposal remains stymied in the Senate, after the hold placed on the bill by Senator Grassley.

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One Comment
  1. hesh permalink

    I don’t understand the logic of Senator Grassley’s hold on HR 3012. Irrespective of his logic on the hold there are 140,000 PR cards issued every year for decades and what is being asked now is “Fairness” in issuance of the PR cards on a “First come First Serve basis”.

    Irrespective of which country you belong, if your Priority date is early, that individual will get the PR card.

    The reasons he is giving for the “Hold” has no relevance to what is being requested in HR 3012 and defies logic.

    Could Senator Grassley explain the logic for the hold in all “Fairness”.

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