Immigration

Immigration

Immigration

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.


“We are, indeed, a nation of immigrants. Our communities and our economy are made stronger by the bold ideas and amazing talents that people looking for a better life bring to America. Throughout our history, immigration has strengthened and advanced the core principles that make America exceptional: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. Manufacturers call on Congress to step up to provide real reform—reform that is dignified and addresses all areas of concerns, including border security, a pathway to legal status and an improved legal immigration system that works. Jay Timmons on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program

Press Releases

  • 02/15/2018
    Manufacturers Endorse Rounds-King-Collins
    National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the Senate’s bipartisan immigration proposal led by Sens. Mike Rounds (R-SD), Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
  • 01/08/2018
    NAM Statement on Recent TPS Rescissions
    National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the series of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) rescissions by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • 09/05/2017
    Timmons: Time for Congress to Step Up on Immigration Reform
    National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program