Washington DC – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today welcomed the introduction of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
“The bill is an important step forward in recalibrating U.S. immigration policies to allow us to attract and retain the world’s top talent to grow the American economy and create jobs,” said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. “We are encouraged by the bipartisan support for immigration reform and applaud the ‘Gang of Eight’ Senators for their efforts.”
“The draft addresses several issues that affect the ability of the United States to serve as a destination for global innovators, professionals, entrepreneurs, students and researchers,” said NFTC Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin. “It is a welcome development, and we look forward to working with the Administration and Congress as the process unfolds to make certain new policies improve the long-term competitiveness of the United States.”
Over the past several weeks, the NFTC Foundation has held discussions with business and university leaders at the University of Texas at Austin and Duke University on how current U.S. immigration and visa policies impact American innovation and economic competitiveness, which helped underscore the importance of reform. The group will hold a total of four discussions this year, thanks to a grant from the GE Foundation, to provide input into the national conversation about immigration and visa policy.
About the NFTC
Advancing Global Commerce for Nearly A Century- The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules- based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.
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