Editorial: Well begun

Technology giants Google and Apple, have applauded President Joe Biden’s steps to initiate immigration reforms, underlining that the move would boost American economy, create jobs and attract and retain the best talent from across the world.

Biden sent a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress which proposes major overhauls to the system, including granting legal status and a path to citizenship to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants and other groups and reduce the time that family members must wait outside the US for green cards.

Called the US Citizenship Act of 2021, the legislation modernises the immigration system, and also proposes to eliminate the per country cap for employment-based green cards, a move that would benefit thousands of Indian IT professionals whose current wait period for legal permanent residency runs into several decades. US tech companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft employ a huge number of IT professionals from countries like India and China.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a tweet applauded Biden’s quick action on Covid relief, Paris climate accord and immigration reform. “Google has supported action on these important issues and we look forward to working with the new administration to help the US recover from the pandemic + grow our economy,” said India-born Pichai. Good start.


NT Bureau