CFGI and SHRM Statement on Executive Order, Impact on H-1B Visas

Employers need fair and competitive immigration policies

Apr 18, 2017
The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), released the following statement on the executive order issued today by the Trump Administration:

“SHRM and CFGI have long advocated for fair, innovative and competitive immigration policies that improve protections, support the development of the U.S. workforce and ensure employers can access and retain the talent they need to create American jobs,” said Mike Aitken, SHRM’s vice president of government affairs. “We also support a reliable, national and entirely electronic employment verification system, which will give employers the tools they need to hire a legal workforce.”

“It is important that any new H-1B recommendations stemming from today’s executive order ensure employers have access to highly skilled talent. Foreign talent complements the U.S. workforce, and U.S. employers competing in a global market need access to the best talent worldwide,” said Lynn Shotwell, CFGI’s executive director. “We urge the Administration to work with Congress on long-term bipartisan solutions.”


The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of leading multinational corporations, universities, and research institutions committed to advancing the employment-based immigration of high-skilled professionals. The Council bridges the public and private sectors to promote sensible, forward-thinking policies that foster innovation and job growth. Learn more about the Council at

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 285,000 members in over 165 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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