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Brookings Study: STEM Jobs Really ARE Harder to Fill

A new study from a respected Washington think tank, the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, corroborates the longstanding claims of American high-tech industries: that positions requiring advanced skills in science, technology, engineering, and math – the STEM fields – actually are much harder to fill than non-STEM job vacancies. The study also documents the extent to which [...]

ICIC Study: EB5 Program is Underutilized Tool of Urban Redevelopment

Many of America’s oldest cities share a common trait: an urban core that’s wasting away, even while surrounding suburbs and exurbs continue to grow. Instead of crying over spilled milk – the decades of planning decisions that privileged private cars over public transit, that encouraged flight to the suburbs, and so on – the most [...]

Obama Administration Prepares to Go It Alone on Immigration Reform

This is the way comprehensive immigration reform ends, at least for now: not with a bang, but a whimper. On June 30, 2014 – a year to the day after the Senate passed landmark immigration reform legislation – President Obama announced what most observers already suspected, that a House companion bill to the Senate’s CIR [...]

United Way Honors Sheela Murthy with Clementine Peterson Award

Each year, the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) presents the Clementine Peterson Award to an outstanding member of its Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). At a ceremony on June 26, 2014, the UWCM conferred this prestigious honor on Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, whose work on behalf of UWCM has [...]

PNAE Study Shows Opportunity Costs of H1B Denials

Digital technology permeates every aspect of our lives, from the cars we drive to the cell phones we carry, even to the appliances in our kitchens and laundry rooms. Any company that wants to compete in this IT-intensive world needs to hire the smartest, most tech-savvy people it can find. Increasingly, this means participating in [...]

Rebuilding America’s Cities Through Immigration

Want to rebuild America’s cities? Immigration just might be the answer, argues Michael Bloomberg, the self-made billionaire philanthropist and former New York City mayor. In a recent speech to a group that promotes entrepreneurship, Mr. Bloomberg, “said that offering citizenship to entrepreneurial immigrants is the best way to revitalize the nation’s struggling cities,” according to [...]

Rupert Murdoch, Sheldon Adelson Call For Immigration Reform

Herewith, a dispatch from the “who’d have thought?” department of the MurthyBlog: as regular readers will have noted in recent months, support for immigration reform has been getting ever more bipartisan; it’s no longer just the Democrats who are behind it. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and other Republican Senators have begun to push for immigration [...]

Murthy Law Firm Celebrates at Associated Black Charities Gala

Several members of the Murthy Law Firm family joined leaders of Maryland’s business, philanthropic, academic, and political communities at the Associated Black Charities (ABC) 2014 Annual Gala, held on June 14, 2014, at Martin’s West in Baltimore County. More than 1,000 people gathered for this year’s gala – a masked ball, in keeping with the [...]

Unaccompanied Minors Crossing U.S. Border Prompt Humanitarian Concerns

Fear seems to be driving the recent surge of unaccompanied minors who have been crossing the southwestern border of the United States. The children – largely from Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, and Guatemala – are fleeing an epidemic of gang violence in their home countries, an epidemic so severe that they are willing to leave [...]

What Will Eric Cantor’s Defeat Mean for Immigration Reform?

On June 10th, House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, was soundly defeated in the Virginia Republican Party’s primary election, which determined who will represent the GOP in the midterm elections this November. Taking Mr. Cantor’s place on the midterm ballot will be David Brat, a little-known economist from the GOP’s Tea Party wing. The upset victory [...]

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