Manufacturers Host “Outside-In” Forum on Immigration Reform
NAM Brings Together Policymakers and Business Leaders to Focus on Immigration Reform
Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) hosted a dual town hall event in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis, Minn. Cosponsored by Cargill, Microsoft and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the event brought a real-world perspective of immigration reform’s impact to the Beltway from business leaders and local officials who experience it firsthand on a daily basis.
The NAM’s Immigration “Outside-In” Town Hall event was moderated by CNBC’s John Harwood in D.C. and KARE 11’s Diana Pierce in Minneapolis. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons welcomed attendees and provided opening remarks. Panelists at the event included Timmons, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Economist Doug Holtz-Eakin at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in D.C. and Cargill Chairman and CEO Gregory Page and Brooklyn Park, Minn., Mayor Jeffrey Lunde at Cargill Excelsior Crossings in Minneapolis.
“Reforming our broken immigration system is critical to ensuring our economic security and building a skilled workforce, and it’s simply the right thing to do,” said Timmons. “Today’s ‘Outside-In’ event is further evidence that manufacturers are more engaged than ever regarding comprehensive immigration reform. This is the best opportunity we’ve had in years to pass immigration reform—the momentum is there, and manufacturers are determined to see immigration reform become a reality.”
The in-depth and free-flowing discussion touched on all areas of immigration reform, including details on visas and plans for high- and low-skilled workers, community impact, the potential for economic growth and manufacturers’ workforce needs.
“Offering policymakers in Washington a glimpse into the needs of real-world manufacturers is essential to building the best comprehensive immigration reform possible,” said Page. “Manufacturers need access to a high-caliber workforce at every skill level. Cargill is proud to lead on immigration reform and will continue to take every opportunity to show Washington exactly what manufacturers need to compete.”
Click here to watch a recording of the event.
Click here to visit the NAM’s immigration reform page.