Some of the greatest leaders in the technology industry are immigrants, and IT professionals in Chicago are well aware of this. That’s why more than 100 tech execs from the Windy City have sent a letter to the Illinois Republican congressional delegation in an effort to push immigration reform.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the letter discussed the need for engineers and scientists from abroad who provide new perspectives and innovative ideas in technology. The city, as well as the United States as a whole, is currently experiencing a shortage of software and hardware developers, among other IT professionals. Granting visas and American citizenship to these bright minds would strengthen the industry and the economy. The letter was created by bipartisan advocacy group FWD.us, which said it could take months to acquire enough signatures – the Chicago group collected 100 signatures within days.
This isn’t the first time the IT industry has urged the government to back immigration reform. In June 2013, for example, former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and a collection of business leaders put the pressure on Sen. Mark Kirk to urge President Barack Obama to push reform. Much like the tech execs, these advocates emphasized the need to incorporate talented and valuable immigrants into the workforce to better the economy.