More than 400 leading U.S. businesses, advocacy and farm organizations called on the House to enact immigration reform legislation. In a letter sent Wednesday signed by a broad cross section of industries that includes agriculture, housing, retail, tourism, hospitality, technology and more, the coalition asked U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to enact legislation that would bring meaningful reforms to critical components of the nation’s immigration system.
“Reform of an outdated, broken immigration system is essential if we are to achieve a fully revitalized economy that provides rewarding and lasting jobs and opportunities for all Americans,” the letter said. “Thought leaders from across the ideological spectrum agree that enacting immigration reform now will accelerate U.S. economic growth at a critical time when it has struggled to recover, and will help to enable sustained growth for decades to come. Done right, reform will also serve to protect and complement our U.S. workforce, generating greater productivity and economic activity that will lead to new innovations, products, businesses and jobs in communities across the U.S.”
The memo went on to say that the groups each deal with an immigration system that is now in its third decade and completely incapable of being responsive to an ever-changing national economy and hypercompetitive global marketplace.
“Today, the problems with our immigration system have grown and multiplied to become an emerging threat to the current and future productivity, ingenuity and competitiveness of key sectors of our economy, including agriculture, housing, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, tourism, engineering and technology,” it noted.
The organizations say failure to act is not an option and that the industires cannot afford to be content and watch a generation-old immigration system work more and more against the overall national interest.