WASHINGTON (WWJ) - Governor Rick Snyder says modifying the nation’s green card system could help create more jobs in Michigan and the U.S.
Testifying Tuesday in front of a U.S. House Committee, Snyder said he realizes immigration is a complex issue, but he feels there should be opportunities in our country for immigrants with advanced degrees in engineering and other fields.
Snyder is asking federal government to develop a special green card for immigrants who have earned doctorates or other high-end degrees, contending that this would allow the U.S. to grow that talent and jobs along with it.
“I have personal experience this given that I did startup companies,” said Snyder. “We’re educating these people and then telling them to leave our country. They are job creators, and there is a broad-based opportunity for success there.”
Snyder said “workforce” development won’t cut it — states really need to work on develop talent.
“Workforce tends to deal with creating opportunities and giving people skills. That’s simply not good enough,” said Snyder. “There are three Cs in my view. The is first creating, the second is collaboration, and third is connecting. And we need to do well on all of these if we’re to do our jobs effectively.”
Snyder said that a lack of highly-qualified applicants in our state means there are 70,000 open jobs that companies can’t fill.