Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the White House’s immigration proposal:
America’s immigration system is fundamentally broken, and manufacturers are committed to being part of the solution. The administration’s announcement moves us closer to a way forward, said Timmons.
Earlier this year, manufacturers offered our plan, ‘A Way Forward,’ to help guide leaders in Washington as they tackle this complicated issue. We were pleased to see the President’s plan aligned with several of our ideas, including focusing on economic realities, increasing employment-based immigration and welcoming those with skills to match workforce demands, along with enhancing overall security. Immigrants make our country stronger, and we agree with the President when he says we should expand legal immigration even more.
Manufacturers will continue working with leaders in both parties, on Capitol Hill and in the administration to achieve lasting reforms that bolster our national security, offer compassion and address economic and workforce realities. Ultimately, we all share the same goal—building a safer and stronger America.
In February, the NAM released its immigration plan “A Way Forward” which identified seven core areas for action for Congress and the administration to take to fix our broken immigration system once and for all. Timmons also visited the border to see the problems firsthand.
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 $2.25 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.