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NAM Leads Industry Effort Calling on Congress to Fix Immigration System and Protect DACA Recipients

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The administration announced in early September that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be rescinded and called on Congress to act in order to address the issue. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) agreed then that Congress needed to fix our broken immigration system and must work to find a solution for the more than 750,000 immigrants protected under DACA.

Today, the NAM continued our leadership efforts by spearheading a joint letter to Capitol Hill urging Congress to assure DACA recipients that their future is safe in this country. The signatories of the letter included more than 30 organizations from a diverse cross-section of the manufacturing industry from around the country.

Since the announcement in September, DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers, have been living with a magnitude of uncertainty. These individuals were brought to the United States as minors through no fault of their own, and some currently are contributing to the success of the manufacturing sector. In many cases, they know no other country other than this one.

The last major immigration reform effort to come out of Washington happened in 1986. Despite the many calls for action since then to update our system, lawmakers have not delivered. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons has called on Congress to “step up” and provide a solution for these DREAMers, and it is clear from the joint letter sent today the rest of the business community agrees.

Manufacturers have reason to be optimistic Congress will deliver to DACA recipients with many solutions already being discussed on Capitol Hill. The NAM will continue to work with lawmakers to find a solution that fixes the immigration system for these young people, manufacturers and our economy.

The letter to Congress is below and can be found here:

November 13, 2017

U.S. Senate                                                                                          U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510                                                                      Washington, DC 20515

Dear Senators and Representatives:

The immigration system is broken. For too long, the business community has called on Congress and various administrations to lead an overhaul of the immigration system. While earnest efforts have been made, nothing has changed. The last major reform of the immigration system took place in 1986.

Recipients participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should not have to live in fear of deportation. Congress needs to send a strong signal to this segment of the immigrant community that we welcome their talents, contributions of hard work, desire for education and if serving, support their willingness to wear the uniform of the armed forces.

Manufacturers call on Congress to assure DACA recipients that their future is safe. Pass legislation well before the administration’s March deadline. We all stand by efforts that improve our immigration system and enhance border security. Moreover, these young people deserve dignity and long-term certainty, including an achievable pathway to legal status.

Sincerely,

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

Aluminum Association

American Wire Producers Association

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Association of Pool and Spa Professionals

Association of Washington Business

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Greater North Dakota Chamber

INDA, The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

International Fragrance Association North America

International Housewares Association

Leading Builders of America

Michigan Manufacturers Association

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Missouri Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Manufacturers

National Marine Manufacturers Association

NC Chamber

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Nevada Manufacturers Assn

New Jersey Business & Industry Association

New Mexico Business Coalition

Ohio Manufacturers’ Association

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

Resilient Floor Covering Institute

SNAC International

Texas Association of Business

The Toy Association

Vinyl Siding Institute

 

Donald Trump’s Immigration Policies Need “Extreme Vetting”

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National security should always be a top concern of our elected leaders, but it should never be an excuse to marginalize those who are different or to abandon our country’s heritage as a nation of immigrants. Yet, that is exactly what Donald Trump has done over the past year, fomenting hostility toward immigrants generally—and Mexican and Muslim immigrants specifically—by blaming them for a range of perceived problems.

On Monday, he continued his pattern of stoking peoples’ fears about immigration, and, among other things, called for “extreme vetting.” It is his policies and rhetoric that are in need of some “extreme vetting.”

We have an obligation to fix and reform our nation’s immigration system, but that does not mean following the dangerous policies Donald Trump is proposing. The answer is not building a wall. The answer is not imposing a religious test.

Manufacturers know that immigration strengthens our country and our workplaces. As the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) outlined in our “Competing to Win” policy agenda, “Comprehensive immigration reform holds the power to transform not only manufacturing but also our nation and economy to new heights. Unfortunately, political inertia has held us back from achieving progress and needed reforms.”

The current system hurts our competitiveness as foreign-born talent, often educated in the United States, moves abroad to work, manufacture, innovate and compete against us.

The current system is denying people the opportunity to live up to their potential—and move our country forward in the process.

America’s economic frustrations are real, and concerns about national security are valid. However, shameless immigrant bashing and promises to wall off our country—literally and metaphorically—from the rest of the world will make us weaker.

As NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons has said, “We attract the best and the brightest, the most industrious, to our shores.” As a country, let us figure out how to empower immigrants—those who are here already and those who still yearn for freedom—to contribute to America’s success.

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