The United States is bound by international agreements to provide a certain degree of access to foreign workers. That’s good for foreign workers – but it’s also good for the strength of our economy. The restrictions proposed by the 2013 Senate bill could place the U.S. in violation of these agreements and subject the U.S. to a challenge before the World Trade Organization. Such a challenge, if successful, could lead to retaliation against U.S. companies and harm America’s position on ongoing trade matters.
Beyond the practical impact on employers and our national economy, the 2013 Senate proposal raises significant issues for U.S. trade obligations that Congress should consider.
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- Testimony of Stuart Anderson, Executive Director of the National Foundation for American Policy: “The Role of Immigrants in America’s Innovation Economy”, United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (May 8, 2013)
- Legal Analysis: Proposed Changes to Skilled Worker Visa Laws Likely to Violate Major U.S. Trade Commitments, National Foundation for American Policy (June 2011)