Why My Colleagues In Congress Shouldn’t Wait On Immigration Reform

October 31, 2012

In Washington, D.C., conventional wisdom says nothing gets done during an election year – and thus far Congress and the President have proven that wisdom correct. With more than 23 million Americans unemployed, elected officials have been more concerned with keeping their own jobs than with getting Americans back to work.

But, in the waning days of a campaign season ripe with partisan division, there is a glimmer of hope. During the second Presidential Debate at Hofstra University, Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama found common ground – agreeing that highly skilled, entrepreneurial immigrants create jobs for Americans.

“We should give visas to people… who graduate with skills that we need. People around the world with accredited degrees in science and math, [should] get a green card stapled to their diploma,” Gov. Romney said.

“They provide us innovation, and they start companies like Intel and Google, and we want to encourage that,” President Obama added.

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