Immigration Reform

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Reform of U.S. immigration law regarding legal immigrants is essential to the nation's competitiveness. Such reform should include fundamental changes in the method of determining the number of employment-based visas, creating a system with an emphasis on market demands. Reforms would improve the employment-based green card system to keep talent within the United States, streamline and simplify the procedures for the temporary or non-immigrant visa, allow for temporary workers and immigrants to meet the needs of employers without displacing American workers and create other changes to enhance flexibility in responding to demands for the skills necessary to grow America's economy.

Employers need a reliable, accurate and efficient employment eligibility verification system that also provides fair enforcement of the laws. The current employment verification system creates undue liability for employers, causes increased administrative burdens, and does not deter identity fraud.


  • 06/23/2016
    Manufacturers to Congress: Fix Our Broken Immigration System
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Texas.
  • 11/20/2014
    Manufacturers: Congress Must Take Action on Immigration Reform
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement following President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration.
  • 08/07/2013
    Manufacturers Launch Radio Ads in Support of Immigration Reform
    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) launched a significant radio ad buy today in key media markets as part of the organization's continued efforts to enact commonsense immigration reform. The 60-second spots are currently scheduled to run for two to three weeks. The spots are airing in media markets in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. These radio ads are part of grassroots legislative efforts designed to educate the public and encourage listeners to call their members of Congress to voice their support.
  • 07/11/2013
    Manufacturing Community Pushes House Members to Pass Immigration Reform
    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), along with more than 100 companies and organizations, sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging consideration and passage of comprehensive immigration reform. The letter was sent in conjunction with an NAM –Shopfloor– immigration reform briefing for the House, cohosted by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). Speaking at the event were manufacturing representatives from Caterpillar, Cargill and Logan's Sausage.
  • 06/27/2013
    Comprehensive Immigration Reform Offers Pathway to Economic Growth

    Comprehensive Immigration Reform Offers Pathway to Economic GrowthNAM Calls on Senate to Pass Comprehensive Reform for Our Nation’s Competitiveness National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in support of passage of the Border Security,

  • 07/22/2015
    USCIS Steps Back on Simeio Guidance
    On May 21st USCIS released guidance detailing new requirements for changes in H-1B employment as a result of an Administrative Appeals Office decision regarding Simeio Solutions. That decision held that...
  • 04/08/2015
    Another Sign of Our Broken Immigration System
    With only four working days since the H-1B application process opened on  April 1,  the number of applications for H-1B visas has already far exceeded the annual visas limitations. On...
  • 04/01/2015
    H-1B Filing Deadline is no Joke
    Today is the day that – every year –  employers can begin to file applications for H-1B visas. Today is also the day that – every year – enough applications...
  • 03/26/2015
    Lesser-Skilled Workers are an Essential Part of Immigration Reform
    Improving border security is an essential part of immigration reform for the United States. Our current system incentivizes illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. while providing few opportunities for...
  • 03/17/2015
    Manufacturers Need a Functional Immigration System
    A recent report released by the Manufacturing Institute shows that 82 percent of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of highly skilled applicants and face reduced earnings of up...