SHRM and Council for Global Immigration Call On Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

Jan 17, 2014

Chief executives send letter to House members outlining employer priorities

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Council for Global Immigration today sent a letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to pass immigration reform.

"On behalf of the 300,000 human resource and in-house immigration professionals our organizations collectively represent, we urge you to pass final legislation that will help U.S. employers keep the American economy strong and create more U.S. jobs,” wrote Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM, and Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., board chair of the Council for Global Immigration.

In their letter, Jackson and Fragomen highlighted aspects of reform that are critical to U.S. employers. Specifically, they urged Congress to:

Use state-of-the-art technology to accurately authenticate a job applicant’s identity. Employers need an entirely electronic employment verification system that uses identity authentication tools, such as knowledge-based authentication, to protect against identity theft so that employers can confidently hire work authorized employees.

Create a Trusted Employer program to improve the efficiency of work-related visa applications. Such a program would allow employers with solid immigration law compliance records to streamline their administrative interaction with government agencies – saving resources for companies and the government.

Provide access to world talent. America’s employment-based green card and nonimmigrant systems require changes to allow more highly educated and skilled foreign-born professionals to contribute to America’s global competitiveness, economic growth and U.S.-based job creation.

The two organizations and their members have been consistent advocates of immigration reform that improves security, grows the economy and creates more jobs for Americans. Learn more about their work and these priorities at

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing about 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and the United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at
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About the Council for Global Immigration
As strategic affiliates, the Council for Global Immigration (formerly the American Council on International Personnel) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) help advance U.S. innovation and job growth by assisting organizations with workforce and talent management issues. A key priority for both organizations is U.S. immigration reform. Learn more about the Council at
. Learn more about the Council and SHRM’s immigration policy solutions at


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