WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, today issued the following statement regarding on S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The statement can be attributed to Elizabeth Hyman, vice president, public advocacy.
"We applaud the strong bi-partisan support of the Senate to pass this legislation that addresses our broken immigration system. We appreciate that it took countless hours to reach this agreement and are grateful for the Senators and their staffs for their commitment to this issue.
"CompTIA believes S.744 with its improvements in the availability of both green cards and H-1B visas, will build a long-term pipeline of American workers for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related jobs – jobs that are critical to America's economic growth. The bill also will enable employers and entrepreneurs of all sizes in every state to recruit and retain the world's best talent.
"Many of CompTIA's membership are small and medium-sized technology firms that benefit from a strong pipeline of talent throughout the industry. Allowing STEM advanced degree holders to remain in the U.S. with a green card gives the tech SMB an opportunity to recruit talent that they might not otherwise have access to. Allowing foreign entrepreneurs willing to stay and invest in our country also makes sense, as more than a quarter of all technology and engineering businesses launched in the U.S. between 1995 and 2005 had an immigrant founder.
"This legislation goes far to establish a balanced and workable system that will keep the United States a global leader in education, innovation and technology. We look forward to timely and positive consideration of this important legislation by the House of Representatives."
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