At a time when immigration has become a huge issue throughout the US and is naturally damaging the country and its economy, Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for an important immigration reform. Behind all the efforts in making immigration easier, lies Apple’s self-interest that has been bothering the CEO for a long time.
Though the immigrants have continued to serve the American people well, despite the deep, structural gaps in the immigration system, which the government has at every step tried to fill up with innumerable reforms. The only loopholes were the changing policies that the government failed to maintain in the consistent environment.
The policies have also had an adverse impact on migrants with visas, who faced backlogs in getting permissions for permanent migrations.
The analysts believe that fixing the system and bringing in some leverages in the immigration policy could more effectively aid the citizens throughout the country.
The Apple CEO, who has personally been interested in the US immigration policies due to the problems faced by many of Apple’s Californian employees in obtaining a green card, called the Senate members on Thursday, to pass “The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants” legislation that was passed by the House in September by a vote of 365-65.
The legislation that has been brought forward in the Senate largely aims at eliminating the per-country limits on green cards. If passed by the Senate, the new legislation would ease off the existing hard immigration policies that are mostly considered as a nuisance in case of immigrants migrating from a bigger country than a smaller one.
One of the major reasons behind this are the per-country cap system, where the immigrants from larger countries are only eligible to receive the same number of green cards annually as compared to the immigrants from smaller countries that has indirectly resulted in longer wait times for the skilled migrants. It has also weakened the merits-based portion of our immigration system.
Despite all the fuss, no voting date has been scheduled for the legislation in the Senate.
“Immigrants make this country stronger and our economy more dynamic. As a first step toward needed comprehensive reform, I urge the Senate to move quickly to pass the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act,” Apple CEO tweeted. “The contributions of these workers are critical to America’s future.”
The fact that the existing immigration reforms with backlogs have led to a decline in skilled immigrants in the country could not be neglected as the skilled ones also suffer in this process.
Since, the recruitment of individuals entering the country under the per-country caps has never been done on the basis of the immigrants’ eligibility, skills or merits, the Apple CEO with the help of the bill aims to equalize the wait times across the countries, changing the system to first-come first-served.
At a time, when Apple is trying to restore its market share across the country with the plans of launching economically-priced devices, it appears that the Apple CEO has been trying to get every possible help from the skilled labors be it from the immigrants’ itself, without making their status antithetical to that of Americans in the country.