A message from Global Cleveland:
On Wednesday, May 29, Global Cleveland hosted a roundtable discussion with U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur on the topic of comprehensive immigration reform. Business, legal, and nonprofit community leaders participated, along with representatives from the region’s various ethnic communities. The participants shared their ideas on what should be included in the immigration reform bill currently making its way through Congress. The range of suggestions included creating a “High Skill Immigration Zone” for Greater Cleveland, more green cards for STEM graduates, and a shorter pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Congresswoman Kaptur also discussed her concern for the exploitation of immigrant workers and how immigration reform could positively impact the housing stock in Greater Cleveland.
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill (S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act) in mid-May. The entire Senate is set to debate the bill next month while the House of Representatives prepares its own bill.