Manufacturers to Congress: Fix Our Broken Immigration System

Supreme Court Decision Underscores Need for Action

Washington, D.C., June 23, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Texas:

“The Supreme Court decision underscores that congressional action on comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue. Half measures, broken promises and angry rhetoric are not the answer. It’s clear our immigration system is broken. While we understand there are strong feelings toward immigration reform, let’s cut to the chase on this very specific issue: parents should never be separated from their children.

For manufacturers and the communities they support, reform is about creating opportunity and securing our nation’s economic competitiveness. Children should not be penalized, and communities—in which manufacturers and others invest and strengthen—should not be divided as a result of congressional inaction. Manufacturers cannot wait another year, two or three for Congress to act, and we are watching what our elected leaders will do.

We are falling behind in our global economy while other countries create a better climate for innovation and growth. For manufacturers, the message is simple: fix our broken system.”

To learn more about manufacturers’ need for immigration reform, visit our website.


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