4:29 PM EDT
Ed Royce, R-CA 40th

Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support the STEM Jobs Act. It is time to alter the current immigration system. It is time to substantially increase the proportion of new entrants with high levels of education and skills.

Today, we are educating many of the best and brightest from around the world, and then, ironically, we're sending them back to work for our competitors. This makes no sense.

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Skilled immigrants can contribute to a rising U.S. standard of living. They bring capital, they bring ideas, and they produce new companies. With this bill, we can help grow innovation, and we can create jobs in the U.S. We've got plenty of examples of IT firms in California that are founded by immigrants from China and India that were educated in our institutions.

Let's pass this bill and help our economy grow.