From the Department of Labor
April 3, 2013--Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris brought President Obama's call for
immigration reform to The Ohio State University on April 3 where he discussed a proposal to
make it easier for foreign-born students with advanced degrees in science, technology,
engineering and math to stay and work in the United States after they graduate.
"We cannot let good talent slip away because of an immigration system that's broken," Harris
told a gathering of school officials, students and business leaders in Columbus.
Italian native Matteo Muratori will soon graduate from Ohio State with a doctorate in mechanical
engineering. He called the current process companies must go through to obtain a visa to
employ him "long and complicated."
Echoing that critique was Ross Kayuha, CEO of Columbus-based Nanofiber Solutions, who
said, "Without reform, I'm going to lose a lot of people I want to hire." Harris told the participants
he will share their comments and concerns with those in Washington working to craft a
solution to the immigration issue.
From the White House
Immigration Reform: Keeping
Talent in the USA