A clear theme is emerging from the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) ongoing dual town hall discussion on comprehensive immigration reform: commitment to getting the job done. “This is not new,” said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-1), the chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, on the current situation in Congress. “I would argue that it’s better from the pro-immigration perspective than it’s ever been before.” Ryan underscored that immigration reform is not only a national security issue, it is an economic security issue, a point reiterated by both NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Under the current, broken system, the United States is sending the talent that manufacturers and other employers need to our competitors abroad. Comprehensive immigration reform will improve our competitiveness, Cargill Chairman and CEO Gregory Page said from the concurrent town hall meeting at the company’s headquarters in Hopkins, Minnesota. “Cargill’s worked on comprehensive immigration reform for nearly a decade,” Page said. Now it is time for Washington to finish the job.
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