On 3 August, the Partnership for a New American Economy, or NAE, which is a forum that brings under a single umbrella over 500 people owing their allegiance to both Republican and Democratic parties, besides Independent Mayors and captains of the industry and business, made a united appeal to make an economic case for running America’s immigration system efficiently. It did this by releasing 51 economic research reports, one for every state in the US in addition to District of Columbia, to flag off the ‘Reason for Reform’ campaign to demonstrate how immigration improves local communities all over the United States and to hasten the development of America’s immigration system.
Co-sponsoring the research was the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the US Chamber of Commerce, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Brad Feld, Intel, Microsoft, Google, Pinterest, Council for Global Immigration, the Western Growers Association, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, the Society for Human Resource Management and the United Fresh Produce Association. It was released at 62 events held across all the US states, which saw local leaders from manufacturing, technology, business, agriculture, religious and other walks of life.
Brad Feld, a renowned venture capitalist, was quoted as saying that America’s present immigration system had not been designed to promote any person wanting to float a billion-dollar startup to do so smoothly in the US. The US is losing this talent to its rivals in the global arena, which has made him throw in his lot with the Reason for Reform campaign.
The Partnership for a New American Economy Chairman, John Feinblatt, said that immigration has become a political agenda, which bypasses the contributions that are being made by Americans.
Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation President, said that America had always been a country of immigrants who built it when they came to work hard and to create a better way of life.
According to him, farmers in the US now have a crisis to contend with as their tradition is being endangered. The country needs a workforce that it can depend on to take care of its crops and harvest them timely. The problem, however, is that there are not adequate farm workers to meet America’s needs. Shortage of workers in farms is putting food supply of America at risk, said Duvall. Restricting immigration in this area would cost the North American nation $60 billion in agricultural production. Some urgent steps have to be taken to increase the guest workers supply, he added.
The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition and President of ImmigrationWorks USA, Co-Chair, Tamar Jacoby, said that the employers their organisation’s members represent are unable to find enough hands at their workplaces and they are not adequate willing and capable Americans to fill the same vacancies. The US needs immigration reform as it will allow employers to recruit immigrants easily and legally, which will help their companies prosper and will contribute to the nation’s economy as well, added Jacob.
Others who spoke for the immigration reform included the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Executive Director, Benjamin Johnson, United Fresh Produce Association, Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Robert Guenther, US Chamber of Commerce, Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits Randel K. Johnson, among others.
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