November 21, 2014
Thank you for contacting me about visas for immigrant workers. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
There is little question that our current immigration system is broken. Fixing our broken immigration system will boost our economy, strengthen families, and make our communities safer. Minnesota businesses and workers need sensible, comprehensive immigration reform to strengthen and energize our economy. The Senate has made significant progress on immigration reform, and I have been very proud to be part of that. In May 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which I serve, approved S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a comprehensive immigration reform bill. In June, the full Senate passed this bill with broad bipartisan support.
The Senate’s bill would help Minnesota businesses find the workers they need while providing strong protections for local workers. It would level the playing field for workers by curbing unfair competition from undocumented labor through stronger enforcement. The bill would also make it easier for top talent in high-skill fields to stay in the U.S. after completing their education. Additional employment-based visas would be made available through a merit-based system, and that system would include important safeguards. Data-driven limits would be in place to ensure that incoming workers do not displace existing workers. Visas would be limited for industries and geographic areas with high unemployment rates. The bill would also increase fees for employers who rely heavily on visa employees.
I am committed to continuing to work to pass comprehensive immigration reform into law. The Senate has passed a good bill, and I strongly hope that the House will move forward so that we can enact these important reforms into law.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so in the future on this or any other matter of concern to you.
United States Senator