2014 IS THE YEAR FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
The business community expressed its strong support for the principles laid out by the House Republican leadership this week. House Republicans have identified key principles that line up with tenets long endorsed by the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition. These principles include among other things: (i) security at our borders; (ii) a workable worksite enforcement system; (iii) a temporary worker program that will respond to the needs of our economy; and (iv) a program that will bring hardworking unauthorized immigrants out of the shadows to be considered for legal status.
We are encouraged by the importance House leadership has assigned to this issue, and we look forward to enactment of sound immigration reform legislation. This sets the stage for the House to move ahead with the immigration bills that have already passed out of committee and introduce other bills that comport with the principles. EWIC looks forward to continuing to work with the House to find a solution to the nation’s immigration policy problems.
The Essential Worker Immigrant Coalition (EWIC) is a broad-based coalition of national businesses and trade associations from across the industry spectrum concerned with the shortage of both semi-skilled and unskilled (“essential worker”) labor. EWIC supports policies that facilitate the employment of essential workers by U.S. companies that are unable to find American workers (www.ewic.org).
See PDF: Reaction to the Release of the Republican Principles
Below are additional press releases from members of EWIC:
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.: ABC Applauds House for Addressing Key Standards for Immigration Reform
Associated General Contractors of America: House Republican Plan to Proceed With Immigration Reform Should Provide Needed Reforms to Broken And Dysfunctional System
American Health Care Association: AHCA Statement on House Immigration Principles
American Hotel & Lodging Association: AH&LA Statement on Release of House Republican Draft Immigration Principles
International Franchise Association: IFA Applauds House Republican Announcement Today Advancing Immigration Reform
ImmigrationWorks USA: A Critical First Step
National Association of Home Builders: Statement from NAHB Rick Judson on House GOP Immigration Reform Standards
National Association of Manufacturers: House Immigration Standards an Important Step Forward
National Roofing Contactors Association: NRCA Applauds House Republican Commitment to Address Immigration Reform in 2014
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: U.S Chamber’s Donohue Comments on House Republicans’ Standards on Immigration Reform