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May 22, 2013

CompTIA Applauds Compromise Reached on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2013CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, today issued the following statement regarding on S.744, the recent Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The statement can be attributed to Elizabeth Hyman, vice president, public advocacy.

“We applaud the compromise reached Tuesday by Senator Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Hatch (R-UT), and welcome the detailed work and care with which the Senate Judiciary Committee took to refine and pass immigration reform.

“Many of our membership are small and medium-sized technology firms that benefit from a strong pipeline of talent throughout the industry. As supporters of the Startup Act 3.0 Act, we were pleased to see included in the legislation language akin to the INVEST and STEM visas. Allowing STEM advanced degree holders to remain in the U.S. with a green card gives the tech SMB an opportunity to recruit talent that they might not otherwise have access to. Allowing foreign entrepreneurs willing to stay and invest in our country also makes sense, as more than a quarter of all technology and engineering businesses launched in the U.S. between 1995 and 2005 had an immigrant founder.

“Our immigration system as a whole is in dire need of reform. This legislation goes far to establish a balanced and workable system that will keep the United States a global leader in education, innovation and technology. We look forward to timely and positive consideration of this important legislation by the full Senate.”

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. Visit http://www.comptia.org/home.aspx or follow CompTIA at http://www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia.

About TechVoice
TechVoice is a partnership of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations. Collectively, TechVoice represents thousands of technology companies across the country employing millions of workers. TechVoice is dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the grassroots tech community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation and job creation. For more information, visit www.techvoice.org.

Contact:
Lana Sansur
CompTIA
301765-9816
lsansur@comptia-agent.org