Manufacturing Community Pushes House Members to Pass Immigration Reform

NAM Hosts Capitol Hill Briefing to Make Case for 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. Excerpts from the letter appear below.

“…The world looks much different than it did in 1986, the last time a comprehensive immigration policy was adopted. Manufacturing has also changed immensely over the course of those 27 years, and as leaders in our industries, we have had to adapt to those changes or fall behind. Our national immigration policy needs to be flexible and agile enough to respond to the challenges we face.”

The push toward reform this year has offered the most significant momentum we’ve seen in decades, and manufacturers are committed to seeing comprehensive reform across the goal line. The letter also outlined manufacturers’ top priorities for reform.

“…As active members of the National Association of Manufacturers, we support the goals of comprehensive immigration reform, which have been articulated by the NAM as: a pathway to legal status or citizenship for the undocumented; high-skilled visa program modernization; a lower-skilled worker program; border security enhancements; and an improved verification system.”

Click here to read the letter.

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