Manufacturers: Senate Passage of Immigration Reform Critical to Growing Our Economy

House Must Follow Senate’s Lead to Deliver Reform and Economic Growth

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) praised the Senate’s passage of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The bill offers positive solutions for a path to citizenship, manufacturers’ workforce needs and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

“It is critical that we have an immigration system that reflects the needs of our modern economy,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO and Chairman of the NAM Board of Directors Doug Oberhelman. “The benefits of reform—a lower deficit, bolstered economic growth, a skilled workforce and a renewed commitment to the principles that built America—are clear. At each step of this process, the NAM and manufacturers will work with Congress to ensure that reform becomes a reality.”

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where negotiations remain ongoing.

“Comprehensive immigration reform represents a simple question: Do we want the next generation of innovation and life-altering ideas to originate in America, or are we content to allow other nations to surpass us?” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Today’s Senate passage is evidence that bipartisanship can still be found in Washington, D.C., and manufacturers are grateful to the senators who came together to lead on this critical issue. However, there is still work to be done. The House of Representatives must take a page from the Senate and work together to pass comprehensive reform.”

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