Miller lauds proposed employment-based Visa plan in Michigan

Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) applauded Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal on Thursday to increase the number of employment-based visas issued within the state to help speed economic recovery in Detroit and around the state.

Snyder proposed setting aside 50,000 visas over the next five years for immigrants with advanced degrees who are wiling to work and reside in Detroit in an effort to boost the local economy.

“…Throughout our history, the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit have greatly benefited from the skills and ingenuity which immigrants have brought to our region,” Miller said. “One need only look at the three great Michigan companies highlighted by the governor (on Thursday), Masco Corp., Dow Chemical and Meijer – all of which were started by immigrants in our state and now employ thousands – to see the value of attracting even more innovators and entrepreneurs to our community…”

Foreign students who graduate in the United States with college degrees, Miller added, should not be forced to leave the country rather than join the workforce.

“Increasing our state’s access to employment-based visas will cost the federal government nothing, but would move forward meaningful efforts to improve job opportunities for all by providing this highly educated workforce a chance to live and start new businesses in our state that would grow jobs and help grow our economy,” Miller said. “I stand ready to assist the governor with this effort however I can.”