Bill Gates: U.S. Needs to Continue to Be a Magnet for Talent

Feb 4, 2013

The national conversation about comprehensive immigration reform continues.

Bill Gates talked to CNNMoney about keeping high-skilled talent in the United States. For example, our immigration system discourages American companies from hiring foreign students who earn graduate degrees in the U.S.

Randy Johnson, U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits, appeared on NPR with Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to discuss a temporary worker program for less-skilled workers.

Johnson said that if a secure temporary worker program for employers were in place, it would reduce the “incentive to cross into the country illegally.” Medina said that both organizations were “in lockstep in working on fixing this system” and that one of his concerns was how to make sure future immigrants come into the U.S. in a “legal, safe, and orderly manner.”

Both these conversations illustrate how much we need comprehensive immigration reform that applies to workers of all skill levels.

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