Answering the Urgent Call to Comprehensive Immigration Reform


Posted by Fred Humphries 
Managing Director, US Government Affairs

Fred Humphries

Fred Humphries

In a Washington Post op-ed on Friday, Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) issued an urgent call to solve the immense national problems caused by our broken immigration system. Comprehensive immigration reform is essential to America’s economy, security and traditions. The Senators have set out a thoughtful framework recognizing a critical point: a smart immigration system must provide new sources of intellectual capital.

The United States is justly proud of its educational system, and of the spirit and creativity of the American worker. Our history has taught us over and over that, when bright minds from other countries come here to work alongside our citizens, everyone wins. Innovation abounds, our knowledge economy thrives, and jobs become more plentiful. 


As the two Senators put it, “Ensuring economic prosperity requires attracting the world's best and brightest. Our legislation would award green cards to immigrants who receive a PhD or master's degree in science, technology, engineering or math from a U.S. university. It makes no sense to educate the world's future inventors and entrepreneurs and then force them to leave when they are able to contribute to our economy.”

America needs comprehensive immigration reform. Microsoft applauds Senators Schumer and Graham for their bipartisan leadership on this critical issue. We welcome the President's commitment to drive bipartisan consensus, and we encourage other leaders from both parties to answer their call. We will continue to work with Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholders to help forge smart, effective reform.


Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I dont understand why they keep talking about immigration reform only with regards to people who came to the United States illegally.What about those who came legally yet for more than 8 years they still cant find a pathway to residency;if they cant fix that,why should we think the proposed comprehensive immigration will work? The thing is,the present immigration bureau dont do their jobs right;either they are unqualified or they are just a bunch of….

  2. Anonymous says:

    What I would like to see in the reform is to make it easier to work for people who are here legally and can make a huge contribution. Mostly dependents/spouses of H1b visa holders. Currenly they are the only (?) dependent visa holders (compare L2/J2) who are not allowed to work, but have to try to obtain an H1b themselves. And with the current time it takes to obtain a green card, this puts a huge strain on relationships.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It fits our needs perfectly the advantage of immigration reform on the country: Greater supply of unskilled workers, a younger workforce, and skilled workers in needed sectors. But there is also a disadvantage of immigration reform like Greater poverty, more educational cost, lower unskilled wage levels, and increased danger of terrorism. Thanks to the post!

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