Fifty-nine CEOs representing some of the country’s largest and most powerful companies have signed a letter expressing their “serious concern” about immigration policy changes under President Donald Trump.
The Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs working to promote pro-business public policy, sent the letter last week to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
“Inconsistent government action and uncertainty undermines economic growth and American competitiveness and creates anxiety for employees who follow the law,” the letter said. “In many cases, these employees studied here and received degrees from U.S. universities, often in critical STEM fields.”
The letter mentioned four policy changes in particular:
The New York Times reported that USCIS responded to the letter by saying the administration is “relentlessly pursuing necessary immigration reforms that move towards a merit-based system” and that it handles visa applications “fairly, efficiently, and effectively on a case-by-case basis.”
The CEOs warned, however, that the administration’s policies have the potential to hurt American companies in the global economy.
“As the federal government undertakes its legitimate review of immigration rules, it must avoid making changes that disrupt the lives of thousands of law-abiding and skilled employees, and that inflict substantial harm on U.S. competitiveness,” the letter said.
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