The US IT industry and business organizations, including technology companies Google and Apple, applauded the measures taken by President Joe Biden to launch immigration reforms, highlighting that the change would improve the American economy, create employment, and attract and retain the world’s best talent.
On day one of his presidency on Wednesday, Mr. Biden conveyed a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress that proposes significant renovate to the system, including allowing legal status and a path to citizenship to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants and other groups and reducing the time that family members must wait outside the US for green cards.
Called the US Citizenship Act of 2021, the legislation modernizes the immigration system and also proposes to eliminate the per-country cap for employment-based green cards, a move that would benefit thousands of Indian IT professionals whose current wait period for legal permanent residency runs into several decades.
Apple, Google, other US business groups statements
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, welcomed the determination of President Biden to implement comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the ideals of justice, fairness, and equality in the United States.
In an official statement, he stated “This effort will strengthen American communities and the pathways to the opportunity this country has long fostered”.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a tweet on Thursday applauded President Biden’s quick action on COVID relief, Paris climate accord, and immigration reform.
“Google has supported action on these important issues & we look forward to working with the new administration to help the US recover from the pandemic + grow our economy, said Sundar Pichai.
Biden also released a series of executive orders on Wednesday, ranging from entering the Paris Climate Change Agreement, preventing the withdrawal of America from the World Health Organization, revoking the Muslim travel ban, stopping the immediate building of the Mexican border wall, and extending for another four years the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
The Biden-Harris administration”s planned actions make important and overdue investments in immigration reforms that can successfully meet the demands of a globally competitive, digital economy, including expanded visa programs for high-skilled workers and families,” said Jason Oxman, president, and chief executive officer of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).
Oxman said as America continues its economic recovery from COVID-19, ensuring US employers can attract and retain the best talent from around the world is paramount.
“We commend President Biden for his swift and decisive actions, and for prioritizing this critical issue. Our industry is committed to working with the administration and the 117th Congress to advance these efforts and grow the US innovation economy through a competitive immigration system,” he said.
The US Citizenship Act of 2021 will create an earned path to citizenship for Dreamers, undocumented immigrants living in the US, and the essential workers who have risked their lives to serve and protect American communities, the White House had said.
“We are encouraged that the Biden-Harris Administration is following through on their commitment to send meaningful immigration legislation to Congress that establishes a well-deserved pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people like us and our families,” said FWD.Org, an advocacy organization representing top Silicon Valley companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and DropBox.