WASHINGTON—Today, ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, issued the following statement reacting to the Trump administration’s new proposal focused on high-skilled immigration:
“A healthy innovation ecosystem requires access to talent to flourish,” said Jason Oxman, President and CEO of ITI. “U.S. tech companies rely on the ability to recruit and retain the most qualified individuals from across the world to work alongside domestic employees to grow, create jobs, and compete globally. The tech industry stands ready to work with the administration, Congress, and other stakeholders to develop a unified approach that addresses the United States’ broken and outdated immigration system, including one that finds a permanent legislative solution to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program and ensures all highly-skilled employees can continue to contribute enormous value to the entire U.S. economy.”
The U.S. tech sector generates $1.8 trillion in direct economic output in the U.S. annually, and represents 10.2 percent of the U.S. economy. Supporting its workforce is critical to the industry’s continued strength and growth. ITI supports the enactment of meaningful reforms that would make critical investments in the U.S. workforce, and would allow employers greater access to H-1B visas and employment-based green cards. ITI also supports the elimination of arbitrary per-country caps on employment-based green cards to ensure highly-skilled immigrants can continue to contribute to the U.S. economy.