May 8, 2023

MSCI Asks Congress To Fix Broken U.S. Immigration System

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) and more than 400 other organizations last week in sending a letter to members of the U.S. House and Senate urging them to fix the United States’ broken immigration system.

The letter, available here, offered numerous areas that could form the basis of bipartisan immigration legislation, including:

  • Increasing the human, physical, and technological resources along the southern border and at ports of entry;
  • Sensibly reforming the country’s asylum laws;
  • Instituting modern, effective, and efficient employment verification reforms;
  • Significantly increasing the annual quotas for employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas;
  • Expanding the scope of essential worker programs, specifically allowing employers to meet temporary labor needs for non-seasonal jobs; and
  • Creating new visa options for international students, entrepreneurs, and other high-demand workers to help American employers meet their critical workforce needs.

The letter argued “failures of our current immigration system impose significant costs on American communities and our economy.” Specifically, it noted, “Companies are experiencing significant workforce shortages despite their sizable investments in expanding U.S. talent pipelines.” As a result, “many industries are wrestling with the myriad problems caused by their inability to adequately tap into global talent to meet their workforce needs.” These issues can only be addressed by congressional action.

Click here to learn more about how lawmakers could take action to fix the country’s immigration system.

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