Business Roundtable Calls on DHS Chief Not to Harm U.S. Competitiveness

The Business Roundtable is a coalition of CEOs of leading U.S. companies, including Apple, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Mastercard, PepsiCo, Texas Instruments, Visa, and Tyson Foods, parent company of MeBIC Partner Barber Foods.

In an August 22, 2018 letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, over fifty CEOs of the Business Roundtable expressed their “serious concern”  about policy changes undertaken by the current administration that “inflict substantial harm on U.S. competitiveness.” (Emphasis added.)

As examples, they point to arbitrary changes to the adjudications process of employment-based petitions, plans to take away work permits from tens of thousands of spouses of H-1B professional workers who are on the wait list for permanent residency,  about-faces on long-standing legal interpretations that will put  higher education international students and other workers at risk of becoming out of status and having to leave the U.S., among others.

The letter notes that the many changes are causing their employees considerable anxiety, threaten to disrupt company operations, and “will likely cause high-skilled immigrants to take their skills to competitors outside the United States.”

Let us hope the Administration listens.   Read the letter here.