My name is Brad Smith, and I am the General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this hearing and to provide the perspective of a major technology and private sector employer on an issue of critical importance to our country.
The bipartisan introduction of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 represents the most significant opportunity for comprehensive immigration reform in the last 30 years. The bill’s sponsors have shown a superb bipartisan spirit by working together to strike a careful balance on a range of complex and difficult issues. The bill addresses problems that have remained unsolved for over a decade. Its passage would modernize the nation’s approach to immigration policy, including border security, the undocumented, families, and both low skilled and high skilled workers. If passed, the bill would enable technology companies, large and small, to keep jobs in America and create more jobs here in the future. Through an extraordinary effort, the bill’s sponsors have launched an immigration reform process whose successful outcome is critical to our nation’s ability to remain economically and technologically competitive, and to remain the beacon of hope and opportunity this country has always been.