November 28, 2012
If Congress is serious about saving this country’s innovative edge and creating more jobs, it will have to do better on immigration reform than the most recent effort from Republican leaders in the House.
At first glance, the STEM Jobs Act put forth by GOP leaders last week might seem like the fulfillment of a dream long held by Silicon Valley CEOs and tech investors alike. That’s because it boosts the number of visas available to prospective U.S. immigrants with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (also known as STEM fields).
Increasing the pool of workers with those types of skills is critical to filling the thousands of tech jobs being created every year by startups and tech companies in San Jose, Calif., Austin, Texas, New York and everywhere in between.