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inSPIRE STEM USA Executive Director Beneva Schulte Statement on National Immigration Reform Fly-In

Washington, D.C. – inSPIRE STEM USA is proud to be a part of the Americans for Reform national fly-in that will feature more than 600 leaders from across the country visiting Capitol Hill and stressing the need to reform the nation’s high-skilled immigration program. inSPIRE members will also urge members to support a national science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education fund to create an American workforce able to fill high-skill jobs, which are among the fastest-growing in the country. Immigration reform has garnered broad and bipartisan support, and Congress should ensure reform legislation, with a substantial STEM fund, passes… Read More »


Halliburton Joins inSPIRE STEM USA Coalition

Washington, D.C. – inSPIRE (Supporting Productive Immigration Reform and Education) STEM USA today announced Halliburton as its newest member as the coalition continues its support for inclusion of the SKILLS VISA Act as a part of immigration reform. The act is currently under consideration in the House and overhauls the nation’s high-skilled immigration program while encouraging the creation of a national education fund to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and computer science education programs in the states. “STEM-related jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet companies throughout the U.S. continue to fall short in finding… Read More »


STEM For Kids Joins inSPIRE STEM USA Coalition

Washington, D.C. – inSPIRE (Supporting Productive Immigration Reform and Education) STEM USA today announced STEM For Kids as the newest member of the coalition. The North Carolina-based organization hosts summer camps and after school programs for elementary school students, integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. “STEM For Kids has a crucial role in exposing the next generation to STEM education and STEM careers, and we are glad to have them join our push for a national STEM education fund as part of immigration reform,” said inSPIRE STEM USA Executive Director, Beneva Schulte…. Read More »


inSPIRE STEM USA Joins More Than 400 Major U.S. Businesses and Advocacy Organizations in Call for Immigration Reform in U.S. House

Broad, Ad-Hoc Coalition Calls Reform Essential to Achieve Fully Revitalized U.S. Economy Washington, D.C. – Today, the inSPIRE STEM USA Coalition joined more than 400 leading U.S. businesses and advocacy organizations in calling on the U.S. Congress to enact immigration reform legislation. The letter was signed by a broad cross section of industries that includes agriculture, housing, retail, tourism, hospitality, technology, engineering, manufacturing, finance, venture capital, consumer electronics, and others with a combined presence in every state in the United States. The letter can be found here: http://bit.ly/18OVlYP The following is the text of the letter that was sent to… Read More »


American Association of University Women Joins inSPIRE STEM USA Coalition

Coalition Continues Support of STEM Fund in Immigration Reform Washington, D.C. – The inSPIRE (Supporting Productive Immigration Reform and Education) STEM USA coalition today announced the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as its newest member. The non-profit organization is one of the largest funding sources to advance equity for women through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. “The SKILLS Visa Act takes a major step toward solving the nation’s STEM jobs crisis,” said inSPIRE STEM USA Executive Director, Beneva Schulte. “It also encourages the creation of a national STEM education fund which would help us solve the problem in the… Read More »


National Council of La Raza Joins inSPIRE STEM USA Coalition

Coalition Continues Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Washington, D.C. – Just days after the Senate passed its bi-partisan comprehensive immigration bill, the inSPIRE (Supporting Productive Immigration Reform and Education) STEM USA coalition today announced the addition of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Sunshine Hope as its newest members. NCLR and Sunshine Hope, a group that teaches children about leadership development, join inSPIRE STEM USA at a critical point in the immigration reform debate as the issue moves to the U.S. House of Representatives. “Passing comprehensive immigration reform this year is imperative for our country and our… Read More »


Tech Leaders Applaud Senate Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. – After extensive advocacy work focused on overhauling the U.S. immigration system to better create new jobs and industries here at home, leading technology and innovation organizations today applauded the Senate for approving a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill (S. 744). The organizations are: Association for Competitive Technology (ACT); BSA | The Software Alliance; CompeteAmerica; Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA); CompTIA; Consumer Electronics Association (CEA); Engine; Information Technology Industry Council (ITI); inSPIRE STEM USA; Internet Association; Partnership for a New American Economy; SEMI; Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA); SIIA – Software & Information Industry Association; TechAmerica; TechNet; and,… Read More »


Passage of Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform a Victory for Nation, STEM Education

Washington, D.C. – inSPIRE STEM USA applauds the Senate for addressing America’s STEM crisis in the comprehensive immigration legislation passed today. Coalition Co-Chairs John Sununu and Maria Cardona observed that this historic bill has the potential to alter the nation’s science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science jobs and education landscape and help America remain a leading innovator in the global economy. The Coalition is also encouraged that the House Judiciary Committee has endorsed the concept of a national STEM fund and will pursue separate legislation to establish the fund. “Our coalition joins leaders in education and business communities… Read More »


inSPIRE STEM USA Executive Director Beneva Schulte Statement on Senate Border Security Deal

Washington, D.C. – “While no one expects passage of a wide-ranging comprehensive immigration reform bill to be easy, today’s Senate agreement on border security shows that the issue is too important to the nation for leaders not to find common ground. The Senate reaching agreement on this legislation and getting the bill passed by July 4th is a crucial step to getting comprehensive immigration reform accomplished this year. We applaud the Senate for continuing to advance legislation that will have a positive impact not just on millions of immigrants but on virtually every American.” Contact: Tony Welch twelch@inspirestemusa.org 202-777-0676

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National and State Education Organizations and Tech Companies Voice Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Legislation Would Boost National Economy and Education Washington, D.C. – Citing potential improvements to the nation’s economy and its education system, 41 education organizations, corporations, and advocacy groups asked members of the U.S. Senate to support a national STEM education fund as a part of the bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. In a letter issued on Tuesday, the organizations encourage their Senators to support a national fund that would help states improve STEM and computer science education throughout the U.S. “We are united in the belief that our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy depends a great deal on improving… Read More »


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