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Murthy Keynotes at Women’s Day at the LPGA International Crown Tournament

Sheela Murthy gave the opening keynote address at the recent Women’s Day at the LPGA International Crown Tournament. The event was held at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, on July 24, 2014, and was sponsored by TESSCO Technologies, the Baltimore-based telecommunications company. It brought together leading international women professional golfers and [...]

What Immigration Fixes Might President Obama Do On His Own?

House Speaker John Boehner recently ended speculation about whether his chamber would consider companion legislation to the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill that was passed by the Senate over a year ago. The answer: a flat “no,” kicking the can down the road until – presumably – sometime in the 114th Congress, when the GOP [...]

NAFSA: U.S. Needs to Attract More International Students

For a long time, global economic competition came down to this: who had the best products at the most favorable price. In today’s economy, it goes a step further. So much value is wrapped up in intellectual property and innovation – brilliant ideas, turned into products – that nations now compete to see who can [...]

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 [...]

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