Retailers and Restaurants Support Immigration Effort
An outline of possible immigration legislation put forth by eight U.S. senators — four Democrats and four Republicans — and supported by President Obama has received a positive response from associations representing retailers and restaurant operators.
Following are excerpts of statements from retail and restaurant industry groups on the subject:
"Our current immigration system is broken and unworkable, and it is in desperate need of reform," said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation. "We applaud the President’s commitment and Congress’ resolve to address immigration reform this year."
Mr. Shay added, "In order to compete in the global marketplace, where trade and talent are borderless, the United States needs an immigration and visa system that is both agile and responsive, and addresses employers’ needs and demands and those of today’s more agile and transient workforce."
"The National Restaurant Association continues to support federal immigration reforms that include a legal visa system that meets the needs of U.S. employers. An accurate and reliable employment verification system is one part of the fix that is needed to make immigration laws work for U.S. businesses and the U.S. economy," said Scott DeFife, executive vice president of policy and government affairs for the National Restaurant Association. "But it’s only a first step — eventually, worksite enforcement must be accompanied by provisions that give employers who have made every reasonable effort to hire Americans a way to hire legal foreign workers to keep their businesses open and contributing to the U.S. economy."
While business leaders were supportive of the bipartisan effort, there still remains opposition from conservatives inside and out of Congress.
"This is another amnesty bill that Americans cannot afford," Lou Barletta (R-PA), the leader of the conservative House immigration caucus, told The Daily Beast website. "We have 22 million Americans out of work, and providing a pathway to citizenship for 12 million illegal immigrants that would cost approximately $2.6 trillion net over the next 10 years is a very bad idea."
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Fox News that the outline of the immigration bill amounted to a "large-scale amnesty" that would be"likely to add trillions of dollars to the debt over time, accelerate Medicare’s and Social Security’s slide into insolvency, and put enormous strain on our public assistance programs."
- NRF Applauds Recent Proposals On Immigration Reform – National Retail Federation
- National Restaurant Association Statement on Federal Immigration Reform – National Restaurant Association
- Culture Warriors Gearing Up for New Battle Against Immigration Reform – The Daily Beast
- Cost of giving illegal immigrants path to citizenship could outweigh fiscal benefits – Fox News
- Limbaugh’s Still Not Convinced by Rubio’s Pitch on Immigration Reform – The Atlantic Wire
Does immigration reform that makes it easier for immigrant and migrant workers to be legally employed deserve the support of the retail and restaurant industries? What key elements do you think must be included in the final legislation for it to work for retailers and restaurant operators?