When it comes to Washington gridlock few issues are more baffling than immigration.  It seems that there are at least a few adjustments that everyone can agree on, but even those adjustments cannot get traction.  It looks like the Obama administration is trying to take unilateral action in the absence of legislation. The administration has proposed new immigration rules in the hopes of common sense reform one step at a time.  For the longest time the US has been missing out on some great worldwide talent because of strict regulations on H1-B visa workers.  Generally when their visa has expired they have a difficult time becoming permanent residents.  These people are the professors, computer programmers, and engineers that give the US economy the competitive advantage in the world.  Further, they aim to make ease restrictions on the spouses of H1-B visa holders.  They will be allowed to obtain employment authorizations. 

For the sake of our economy and our security we need common-sense immigration reform that makes immigration legal and efficient... In the meantime, we will continue to make improvements in the areas where we can make a difference

-DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

The world only has so much talent.  In the US we are fortunate enough to be the desired destination for a lot of this talent.  We should make the process for these individuals and their families easy as we receive great economic benefit from their presence here.  It’s somewhat telling that a big proponent of this kind of reform is Silicon Valley.  Even Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has voiced his concern over this issue.  I think as a country we’d be wise to listen to these people as the tech companies seem to be powering the next generation of the US economy. 

Passing immigration reform is a moral obligation that also makes good economic sense... These individuals are American families in waiting

-Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

I think it’s a step in the right direction.  We should not be aggravating these people and making their lives difficult with archaic and seemingly pointless rules.  We should be grateful for their presence and contribution and welcome them as the productive and positive force they are. 

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