Timmons: Time for Congress to Step Up on Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C., September 5, 2017 – 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:

“Our immigration system is broken—of this there is little debate. Previous Congresses and administrations have missed many opportunities to fix the problem, and they have failed by inaction. And that is exactly why DACA exists in the first place.

“DACA, however, is not the problem—far from it. DACA was designed to protect the most vulnerable of the immigrant community and those who are best positioned to contribute to America’s success in the future.

“The children and young people who have been protected by DACA know America as their only home, and the solution to our broken system is not sending them off to another country. 

“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.

“Our country is exceptional, and to remain so, we must continue to strive to be a nation that attracts talented, hardworking individuals—and those yearning for freedom—to our shores.”


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org..

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