The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration
March 17, 2015
Washington D.C. – Today, the American Immigration Council’s Executive Director, Benjamin Johnson, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the integral role immigration plays in America’s economic prosperity. Although the hearing title, “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers,” suggested that some minds had already been made up, he reframed the conversation, calling on Congress to consider policies that will help the United States achieve an immigration system that serves a 21st century, global economy, while protecting the rights and promoting opportunities for all workers. In his testimony, he explained the need for skilled immigrant labor to complement the native-born work force, and highlighted the contributions they make in almost every aspect of the U.S. economy. However, he emphasized that talented immigrants come to our shores through a range of channels, not only on employment based visas, but through family immigration and humanitarian channels, and that reforms to our immigration system must be comprehensive to be effective.
To view his full testimony submitted for the record see:
- Benjamin Johnson’s Testimony Submitted the Senate Judiciary Committee (March, 17, 2015)
To view his oral testimony as given before the committee see:
- The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration (ImmigrationImpact.com, March 17, 2015)