Of course it would be great if they could enact comprehensive immigration reform, but we all know that’s not going to happen. Can’t solve - immigration reform for skilled workers hurts other immigrant demographics who are key to the economy Mahwish Khan 4/5/20 12 – America’s Voice (“IMMIGRATION SYSTEM NEEDS SOLUTIONS TO PROTECT HIGH AND LOW-SKILLED WORKERS,” America’s Voice, low-skilled_workers/) Recently, the President said that he wants to deal with changes to high-skilled immigration, including the Kerry-Lugar Startup Visa bill, as part of comprehensive immigration reform. That position garnered criticism from Vivek Wadhwa in TechCrunch: I debated this with [United States Chief Technology Officer] Aneesh Chopra, at the Economist Innovation Summit in Berkeley, last week. The day before that event, Aneesh had invited me to a meeting with the director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas, at Stanford Law School. We had had a very productive discussion with leading academics, lawyers, and entrepreneurs about how the government can interpret existing laws in a more favorable way for immigrant entrepreneurs. I was pleasantly surprised at how open Mayorkas was to criticism and at how he listened to the ideas presented to him. Both he and Chopra acknowledged the deficiencies of the current system and pledged to do all they could to have them fixed. But Chopra dropped a bombshell at the Economist event. He said that the President would only support the Startup Visa in the context of “comprehensive immigration reform.” What this means is that the legislation will be lumped in with toxic debates about illegal immigration and will be held hostage to other interests. If Wadhwa is concerned about the “toxicity” of the immigration debate, he should direct his criticism at Lamar Smith, Steve King, and Elton Gallegly—along with Sens. Jeff Sessions, David Vitter, and others. They are the ones who try to use every immigration issue— however important—as a vehicle for anti-immigration amendments and increased enforcement against undocumented workers . Yes, our country needs immigrant entrepreneurs and their contributions. But we also need busboys, farm workers, and landscapers. Helping one group while hurting another is not acceptable.
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