News reports since immigration reform started in Congress have consistently and prematurely announced its death.
The NAM has been in the room throughout the discussion and has led on the issue since the beginning – and despite more premature obituaries in the news, we’re continuing to educate and influence the debate. Today we held a briefing on Capitol Hill that featured real world commentary from manufacturers like Caterpillar, Cargill and Logan’s Sausage. Their urgency in the need for comprehensive immigration reform tells us that this issue isn’t dead and that the momentum is as strong as ever. A letter signed by more than one hundred businesses and organizations and sent to every member of the House of Representatives serves as strong evidence.
Chairman of the Judiciary Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force Rep. Luis Gutierrez shared that desire to find a solution. They both agreed that the system is broken. While enacting immigration reform will be a tough road to hoe – all involved acknowledge that – it was refreshing to see their commitment to work together.
And fundamentally that’s what’s going to do the job – education, information and a commitment to work together. We’ve seen unusual partnership come out of this debate – business and labor, growers and agricultural unions,and different faith groups. So it’s not so far-fetched that we’ll see Democrats and Republicans come together to find an American solution to immigration reform.
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