September 19, 2012
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
The undersigned organizations ask for bipartisan passage of in the 112th Congress of H.R. 6429, “STEM Jobs Act of 2012,” to establish a new green card program for outstanding STEM advanced degree graduates. Such a reform would allow the American economy to spur innovation and create thousands of high-paying manufacturing and research jobs here in America.
America has been greatly enriched by the contributions of gifted engineers, researchers, and scientists from around the world who have chosen to come here to study and innovate. However, our immigration system has failed to adapt in ways that help ensure we maintain this advantage. Each year, graduate students who complete advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from America’s top universities are offered jobs here by U.S. employers. Hiring advanced degree STEM professionals is a key to creating and retaining jobs in a variety of sectors in our innovation economy. These are highly educated professionals who will create jobs wherever they settle, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere.
Together, the undersigned represent many American employers who hire these highly educated professionals, as well as American high-tech employees. H.R. 6429 would prioritize legal immigration status for those earning STEM degrees from American graduate schools. The employer obligation to confirm that qualified American workers are not available would continue, as under current law.
Our organizations appreciate the strong and sustained bipartisan congressional work on this critically important issue. We are also grateful for the thoughtful consultation on STEM visa issues with stakeholders by House leaders. We urge Congress to work together before adjournment to deliver this critical, timely reform of our legal immigration system.
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Council on International Personnel
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Compete America Coalition
Consumer Electronics Association
CTIA - The Wireless Association
HR Policy Association
Information Technology Industry Council
National Association of Manufacturers
National Foreign Trade Council
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)
Semiconductor Industry Association
Society for Human Resource Management
Software & Information Industry Association
Telecommunications Industry Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Steve Case and Revolution LLC
Concord Servicing Corporation
Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
Ludlum Measurements, Inc.
Manor Tool & Mfg. Co.
Marvell Technology Group
Maxim Integrated Products
Meadow Mills, Inc.
Oxford Consulting Group
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
SBG Technology Solutions
Texas Instruments Incorporated
The ASCII Group, Inc.
Uniweld Products Inc.
State and Local Associations
Arizona Technology Council
Bay Area Council
Bay Area Council
CEO Council for Growth
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Connecticut Technology Council
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
Greater Louisville, Inc
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Manufacturers' Association
Illinois Technology Association
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Joliet Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
New Jersey Technology Council
New York Technology Council
North Country Chamber of Commerce
Overland Park (KS) Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Prince William (VA) Chamber of Commerce
Rockford Chamber of Commerce
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
South Shore Chamber of Commerce
Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Tech Collective (Rhode Island)
Technology Association of Georgia
Tempe (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
The Committee of 100 (Delaware)
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber