Immigration reform matters very deeply to manufacturers. Future growth, competitiveness and innovation are at stake and Congress is closer than it has been in decades to passing badly need reforms. The call for immigration reform has come from a diverse cross section of American society – and rightly so as there is immigration policy touches all aspects of the United States. Manufacturers have helped lead this charge because they see how much the United States has to gain if reforms are enacted – and how much we will lose if policymakers fail to make it a reality.
Today Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers joined business, faith, and law enforcement leaders in urging Congress to not let this crucial opportunity to reform our broken immigration system pass. He spoke of the struggles manufacturers face in finding the skilled workers to compete, noting that 82 percent of manufacturers have suffered from that exact shortfall. The NAM and the Manufacturing Institute has been working to increase our own domestic STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) pipeline and help workers develop the skills they need – immigration reform is a key component to solving the problem.
At its roots, immigration reform is about keeping the best and brightest workers working for manufacturers in the U.S. As Timmons said at the end of his remarks, “Without immigration reform, we will continue sending talent to our competitors and turning away a future generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by Congress without further delay. Reforming our nation’s immigration policy will strengthen our competitiveness and is the right thing to do for our communities. We will welcome many individuals who are eager to share their talents and make contributions to our economy while ensuring that manufacturers in the U.S. can compete in the global economy. Meaningful reform is a top priority for manufacturers.”
That much is clear and the NAM will continue to work every potential opportunity to get immigration reform across the goal line.
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