GCP recognizes that the cultural and ethnic diversity of Northeast Ohio is an economic development strength for our region. We must remain a welcoming region if we hope to attract and retain top talent. GCP reiterates its long-standing position that it is critical to establish federal immigration policy that facilitates the attraction of international talent and foreign investment to the U.S.
Since modifications to the federal HB-1 visa program could aid businesses and organizations in our region struggling to fill key positions, GCP reiterates the call for Congress to authorize a pilot “High Skill Immigration Zone” in Northeast Ohio.
GCP Board Approves Measure Urging Immigration Reform
In June 2013, the GCP Board of Directors unanimously approved a measure that urges federal immigration reform, noting Cleveland’s rich ethnic diversity and the economic benefits that immigrants can generate for Northeast Ohio. The GCP Board voted to support:
- The improvement of federal procedures relating to the immigration of high-skilled workers into the U.S. This include improving visa processes, lifting per-country caps for employment-based green cards and enhancing work authorization processes for spouses of temporary, high-skilled immigrants.
- Enabling legal entry for a broad range of workers to allow Northeast Ohio to attract and retain workers to fill jobs when no willing and able local workers are available.
- The establishment of a balanced and workable employment verification system that streamlines the process and also ensures that penalties for abuses are reasonable and holds businesses that are not compliant or that abuse visa programs accountable.
- Strengthening programs that offer English language and civic education classes that help immigrants successfully integrate into Northeast Ohio.