Tuesday, September 18

SIIA Joins Immigration Voice in Call for Green Card Reform

If you thought the labor issues surrounding the immigration debate is all about farming or hospitality, you're wrong. I'm not advocating one position or the other -- I'm advocating reasonable debate and careful analysis on the real impact of inaction. Below is an informative press release from the Software & Information Industry Association that came in via email.

SIIA Joins Immigration Voice in Call for Green Card Reform


Washington, DCSept. 18, 2007.  The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital information industry, today joined in support with the Immigration Voice, an organization of more than 3,000 highly skilled legal immigrants, in an effort to obtain legislative reform of the green card system.


“Software and digital content companies face a workforce skills shortage that is rising dramatically,” said Mark Bohannon, General Counsel and Senior Vice President for SIIA.  “And the challenge will only get greater in the coming years.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for computer software engineers in the U.S. is expected to reach 450,000 by 2014.  This projected 48 percent growth reflects that this is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, one that is certain to outstrip supply of U.S-born workers.”


SIIA has long been a leading supporter of high-skilled immigration reform, including reform of both the H-1B visa and employment-based green card programs, critical elements for U.S. companies to recruit and retain the necessary talent to compete in the global economy.   


“In the Information Age, a highly educated and skilled workforce is essential as intellect and innovation give the United States its competitive edge.  And yet, we have thousands of highly-skilled workers here today who want nothing more than to work in the U.S. and contribute to our vibrant and strongly-growing economy, but who are at risk of being sent home to compete with us.  The price of failing to act will be steep.  If we do not have green card reform this year, thousands of the talented professionals that presently work for American employers will leave to take jobs with our competitors abroad,” Bohannon concluded.


About SIIA

SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit www.siia.net.