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Wednesday February 6, 2013

High Skilled Immigration Reform & Stem Pipeline Fund Pick up Steam as Coalition Adds 13 Members

High Skilled Immigration Reform & Stem Pipeline Fund Pick up Steam as Coalition Adds 13 Members

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The inSPIRE STEM USA Coalition announced the addition of 13 new members to the group on Wednesday, a sign of the growing support for the bi-partisan plan to reform high-skilled immigration and create a national fund to improve the STEM education pipeline.

“We are thrilled to see so many influential organizations and businesses join our effort to develop our workforce and STEM education pipeline,” said inSPIRE STEM USA Co-Chair and former senator John E. Sununu.  “Each new member strengthens our effort and brings us closer to closing the STEM jobs gap in our country.”

The new additions to the inSPIRE STEM USA coalition include: Campaign for Environmental Literacy, Computing in the Core, Excelencia in Education, Expedia,Inc., Hands on Science Partnership, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Hispanic Heritage Foundation, National Hispanic Council on Aging, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Puerto Rican Coalition, New England Council, Sabre Holdings, and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Last week, inSPIRE STEM USA announced the coalition’s support of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, which establishes the funding stream for national STEM education improvements through fees from the companies that need additional H-1B visas and green cards to fill currently vacant high-skill jobs.  The plan, dubbed I-Squared, addresses the thousands of unfilled high-skill jobs and ensures the United States remains competitive by producing more college graduates with engineering, math, and science degrees.

“The widespread support for I-Squared among a diverse group of advocacy organizations, education and business groups and corporations signals the importance of raising the cap on H-1B visas, which will enable us to keep jobs in the U.S. while we work on improving the country’s STEM education pipeline,” said inSPIRE STEM USA Co-Chair Maria Cardona.

The 13 new inSPIRE STEM USA coalition members join the nine original members announced in mid-January: American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Caterpillar, Council of Chief State School Officers, IBM, Intel, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Microsoft, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and National Science Teachers


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