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Grant Sovern quoted in “Reform Barriers: Inaction on immigration reform is harming businesses”


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Political pundits begin each year by talking about the bright prospects for comprehensive immigration reform, and every year, something harpoons the chances for even incremental reform. A comprehensive reform bill has passed the United States Senate, but it’s stalled in the House of Representatives, where Speaker John Boehner has slammed on the brakes.

Unless Boehner is intentionally downplaying prospects for reform, hoping to get past the primary season with the contentious issue on the back burner, this could be another year in which those hopes are dashed. Meanwhile, employers seeking the necessary skill sets to grow their companies wait and wait and wait. So do foreign students who graduate from American universities eager to get started, and unauthorized workers living in the shadows of American society, hoping for a path to citizenship.

Immigration attorney Grant Sovern, a partner with Quarles & Brady, said inaction is particularly harmful in a university community because of the lost opportunities for economic growth. “Immigration reform is such an opportunity for employers in a place like Madison,” he stated. “There are a lot of things we are losing because Congress has not taken action.”

Originally published in InBusiness, April 2014