Robert Groban, Jr., Quoted in Article, “Stakes High for Employers in Immigration Reform Push”

Employment Law360

Robert Groban, Jr., a Member of the Firm and National Chairperson of its Immigration Law Group (ILG), was quoted in an article titled "Stakes High for Employers in Immigration Reform Push."

Following is an excerpt:

With President Barack Obama gearing up to press Congress for swift action on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, attorneys said employers should get involved in the debate to ensure that key business immigration issues, such as retaining skilled foreign workers, don't get overshadowed by disputes over immigration enforcement. ?...

"Things have gotten to where they are in part because employers have been sitting on the sidelines while the [immigration] debate has centered on how big a fence to build on the Mexican border," said Robert S. Groban, the national chair of Epstein Becker & Green PC's immigration law group. "Employers have a significant interest across industries in trying to find a more sensible way of handling the H-1B visa process."

"We need to try to create a more seamless path so employers can fill the skill deficits they are so desperately looking to fill, not only for the high-tech, bioscience and biofuels industries, but also other industries like finance," Groban said. "There is nothing wrong with enforcement, but we can't have it as a myopic focus as we are getting increasingly noncompetitive on a global basis." ?...

"If someone like Bill Gates wanted to come here and set something up, he couldn't because of the labyrinth that is the EB-5 program," Groban said, referring to the visa program for immigrant investors.