Chief Human Resource Officers Weigh in on Importance of Dreamers, Foreign-Born Workers to American Competitiveness

October 27, 2017

One hundred and ten chief human resource officers urged Members of Congress and the Trump administration to consider in future policymaking the vital role foreign-born workers play in the U.S. economy, starting with the legislative authorization of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The effort was led by Eli Lilly and Company Senior Vice President, Human Resources Steve Fry, who chairs our Immigration Policy Committee.  Mara Swan, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent at ManpowerGroup, and Chair of the HR Policy Association's Emerging Workplace Committee, said, "Our companies believe that America deserves the benefits foreign-born workers—including Dreamers—bring to its workers, companies, communities, and economy.  At the same time, we remain strongly committed to training and equipping the U.S. workforce to build a strong economy.  As America's top hiring officials, we are aware that to ensure U.S. global competitiveness both a strong domestic workforce and an immigration policy that responds to the needs of employers are needed."  HR Policy Chair Mirian Graddick-Weir, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Merck & Co., Inc., further stated, "We are proud to note the important role workers who were born outside the U.S. play in the American success story.  Our hope with this letter is that the Administration and Congress likewise recognize that role in future policymaking."  HR Policy also released a white paper further detailing CHROs’ perspective on immigration and DACA and including employer-responsive policy recommendations. The letter and white paper come as the Trump administration applies greater scrutiny to temporary work visas and DACA deliberations appear set to begin in Congress after it considers tax reform.  The Association joined dozens of companies and trade groups on the Coalition for the American Dream to seek the passage of bipartisan legislation that gives Dreamers a permanent solution this year.