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Business leader and politicians come together on immigration

Even though immigration reform isn't a liberal issue, there are certainly more democrats who support immigration reform than republicans. There is even concern that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's support of immigration reform was what cost him his primary election. One conservative who has backed immigration reform is Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul whose companies own Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.

One of the aspects of immigration reform that Murdoch is especially concerned about is making it easier for highly skilled immigrants to move to the country. As it is, there are a limited number of employment-based immigration visas available. Of course, Murdoch is not the first person to be concerned about how difficult it is for the best and brightest to move to the U.S., but he is certainly one of the more conservative people to bring it to our attention.

Until immigration reform passes, however, the current system applies to employment-based immigration visas. The two most common type of visas are the EB-2 and the EB-3 for immigrants with advanced degrees and skilled workers or professionals, respectively. Employers who wish to apply for these visas on behalf of future employees must first go through a labor certification process. This is to ensure that there are not Americans who could fill the position. There are also only a limited number of visas available, which limits how many immigrants can actually come here, regardless of their qualifications.

Will immigration reform ever make it out of the House of Representatives? Who knows. What we do know is that many business leaders, both liberal and conservative, would like to see some kind of movement on the issue.

Source: MSNBC, "Rupert Murdoch pushes for immigration reform," Jane C. Timm, June 19, 2014

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