February 25, 2013
It’s an iPad and smartphone world. Yet we’re stuck with an immigration system formed in the age of black-and-white TVs.
Whereas the success of yesterday’s Fortune 500 companies — like U.S. Steel and Amoco — once depended on resources, today’s Fortune 500 companies — like Google and eBay — depend on access to talent. Even so, there’s been no substantive reform of our immigration laws for nearly 50 years. It’s now more difficult than ever for foreign-born workers to come, contribute, and thrive in the United States.
We must create an immigration system that fits the needs of a 21st century economy. We must attract and retain the world’s brightest minds and hardest workers. But before we can do that, we need Congress to act.