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CEA CEO Cites New Data on Immigrant – Innovation Connection
Arlington, VA – 06/26/2012 – The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in response to the report “Patent Pending: How Immigrants are Reinventing the American Economy,” issued today by the Partnership for a New American Economy:
“Supporting U.S. jobs and innovation is an American priority, and the report released today by the Partnership for a New American Economy illustrates how American-educated immigrants drive innovation. More than three out of every four patents at the top U.S. universities in 2011 had an immigrant inventor. We need to keep these innovative inventors in America after they graduate, after they file their patents – especially in the increasingly important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. To do so, America needs strategic immigration reform.
“CEA reiterates its support for legislation that would allow foreign-born, U.S.-educated immigrants to remain in America and use their training to build businesses and create domestic jobs. Senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle have introduced such bills including: the Immigration and Naturalization Investment Ventures for Engineering, Science, and Technology in America Act of 2011 (INVEST in America Act) (H.R. 3692); the Immigration Driving Entrepreneurship in America (IDEA Act) (H.R.2161); H.R.43, introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), which would eliminate the diversity immigrant program and re-allocate those visas to certain employment-based immigrants who obtain an advanced degree in the United States; the SMART Jobs Act (S. 3192); the Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century Act of 2012 (STAR Act) (S. 3185); and the Startup Act 2.0 (S.3217/H.R. 589). 
“Everyone can join CEA’s Innovation Movement and tell Congress to support strategic immigration reform at”
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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media.

Categories:  Press Release, Public Policy & Government Affairs, CEA General, Industry  — Tags:  business, immigration, patent, Shapiro

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