You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

POINT OF VIEW Florida business, economy need H-1B work visa program


Florida is a land of immigrants. Today, nearly 4 million Floridians were born in other countries, representing the fourth-largest immigrant population in the United States.

Though we have many immigrants in our state, however, many of our businesses still struggle to access the skilled labor they need to achieve initial or ongoing success, which has a direct impact on our state economy and overall jobs situation. Of course, immigration and border security are on everyone’s minds these days. But it is important to realize that we can have an immigration system that keeps us safe, protects American jobs, and still allows American firms to recruit the best and brightest immigrants to come here to work and build businesses.

When highly skilled immigrants come to the United States — especially to places like Florida — they tend to stay. Many bring or start families, as well as create businesses that drive growth and innovation, increase wages, and create jobs in our communities. Instead of making it harder for such immigrants to come to here, we should be actively recruiting them and — while making sure none is a threat — making it as easy as possible for them to bring their skills to our economy.

This is vital for our future, because there is very serious competition across the globe to find and recruit the most talented people in the world. If the U.S. doesn’t act decisively, we will lose this competition — and our economy and native-born workers will lose out as well. There are three primary ways we can better compete in this global race for talent: make Green Cards easier to obtain, create a new category of visas to encourage the best foreign-born entrepreneurs and innovators to start businesses in the U.S., and reform and expand the nation’s H-1B visa program, which focuses on high-skilled immigrants.

It is up to Congress to fix our immigration system, but thus far, they have been unable to do so. If they cannot secure meaningful comprehensive immigration reform, they must take swift action on the many issues surrounding skilled immigrants and the H-1B program. To make the H-1B program work as intended, we must raise the extremely low cap on the number of H-1B visas issued each year.

We are leaving a lot of talented entrepreneurs, inventors and businesspeople out in the proverbial cold — here in Florida, we’d like to welcome them to the very real warmth offered by our people and state, and the many opportunities offered by our economy. It’s time for Congress to stop stalling and finally reform and expand the H-1B visa program.

ROLY MARANTE, TALLAHASSEE

Editor’s note: Roly Marante is chairman of government relations for the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Opinion

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from...
Letters Support Mast in supporting AHCA

Support Mast in supporting AHCA Brian Mast supports quality health care for all Americans. Congress set out to provide our citizens with quality affordable health care. The first legislation led to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which is collapsing across the nation with premiums rising, limited care and unaffordable rates, especially for...
POINT OF VIEW: Do more to get overdose survivors into treatment

Our community hospitals will be doing more to reduce the number of accidental overdoses caused by heroin, opiates and illegal drugs. A new law signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott this month requires hospitals with emergency departments to develop best practices that focus on the prevention of unintentional overdoses. Additionally, the law permits reporting...
CARTOON
CARTOON

CARTOON VIEW CLAY BENNETT
Friedman: Where did ‘We the People’ go?

A few days ago, I was at a conference in Montreal, and a Canadian, trying to grasp what’s happening to America, asked me a simple question: “What do you fear most these days?” “I fear we’re seeing the end of ‘truth,’” I said, “that we simply can’t agree anymore on basic facts. And I fear that...
More Stories