The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC)*, a coalition of businesses, trade associations, and other industry organizations concerned with the shortage of lesser skilled and unskilled labor, and the TechServe Alliance, an industry group that represents IT & engineering interests before the U.S. Congress and other policymakers, have recently released statements applauding the bipartisan effort to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, which many expect will be formally introduced shortly, was spearheaded by the “Gang of Eight” – namely Senators Rubio, Flake, McCain, Graham, Schumer, Menendez, Bennet and Durbin – and includes proposals for granting legal status to undocumented immigrants, requiring all U.S. employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system, creating a new less-skilled worker visa program, and permitting IT staffing firms to retain access to the H-1B visa program.

To view a summary of the provisions included in The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, please click here. To read EWIC and TechServe Alliance’s statements about the new legislation, respectively, please click here and here.