House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election in what was a stunning upset last week and immigration has been mentioned as a contributor to the defeat. Cantor has been a supporter of key components of immigration reform and his primary opponent highlighted the issue during the campaign. Although press reports initially indicated that his views on immigration may have caused the loss, polls show that more than 70% of voters in his district favor reform – though support for reform was likely much lower among primary voters who voted last week.
No matter who leads Congress, immigration reform is necessary to the American economy and manufacturers. Now more than ever, we need Congress to push forward with reforming a system that most admit is entirely broken. Whether it is the issues we are experiencing on the southern border, access to international talent, the need for a more robust verification, or addressing the millions of undocumented people currently living in the shadows, we need to take a hard look at what is wrong and how to fix it. Inaction on fixing what is clearly broken will not make the situation better and it may well make it worse. Plain and simple, this issue needs to be addressed by Congress. Manufacturers need the system to work for America again and will stand with all Members of Congress who are ready to get it done.