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Grant Sovern quoted in “It’s Not Easy to Import Talent; Lots of Employers Would Like to Hire Skilled Professionals from Abroad, but There are Plenty of Obstacles”

madison.com

Following is an excerpt:

Ana Garic-Stankovic is far from the stereotype of an unskilled worker who sneaks illegally across the border into the United States.

A researcher at UW-Madison's department of nutritional sciences, she came here legally from Macedonia, and she and her husband overcame several hurdles to stay and become U.S. citizens.

"I do feel it's not fair that some illegals come here," she said. "It's not fair to me and my husband. We never attempted to stay without valid visas."

The plight of professional and skilled immigrants has been lost in the current political debate over border security, said Grant Sovern, a Quarles & Brady lawyer in Madison specializing in immigration law.

"There are a lot of employers who want to hire these people and a lot of people who want to come, but until we fix the system, it's not going to happen," he said.

Originally published in madison.com, September 11, 2006

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