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CEA Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Arlington, VA – November 20, 2014 – 
The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the White House’s executive action on immigration:

"We appreciate President Obama's efforts to make minor incremental improvements to the high-skilled visa and STEM visa programs and look forward to seeing more details. Still, our high-skilled immigration system needs a complete overhaul, which can’t be fixed with an executive action.
"U.S. global competitiveness is being threatened by our outdated legal immigration policies, costing our economy hundreds of thousands of jobs a year. We urge the White House and the next Congress to work together toward a legislative solution that decouples bipartisan, high-skilled immigration reform from overall reform efforts. 
"High-skilled immigration already has the support of Democrats and Republicans. This is a critical issue that cannot get caught up for another year in the politics of comprehensive immigration reform."
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