Topics in this Issue:
2. Some Industries Cannot Find Enough Workers Even in a Recession3. Employers Support CIR4. CIR: Critical to Economic Recovery5. PEW Research Center Shows that 64% of Americans Favor a Way for Illegal Immigrants to Gain Legal Status
1. President Obama to hold Bipartisan Summit on Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) this Thursday
The Associated Press reports that the Obama Administration is advancing Comprehensive Immigration Reform as one of its top priorities, and plans to hold a bipartisan summit on CIR this Thursday, June 25, 2009. President Obama will host a group of Senators and members of the House of Representatives at the White House to discuss upcoming legislation on CIR.
2. Some Industries Cannot Find Enough Workers Even in a Recession
Agriculture, food processing and some health care report few U.S. workers applying. Seasonal workers in particular remain in short supply. By advancing CIR and facilitating immigration, employers can fill the gaps they face with much needed workers. In 2007, foreigners accounted for nearly half of all workers with less than a high school education. The U.S. needs these workers to fill seasonal and unskilled jobs.
3. Employers Support CIR
U.S. employers want to be on the right side of the law. It is our obligation as citizens and it makes good business sense. With the government's help in providing an accurate, reliable electronic system to verify that employees are who they say they are and are authorized to work, employers can make employee verifications with greater ease. Law abiding business owners support more aggressive sanctions against businesses that deliberately ignore the law and those that continue to use unauthorized workers once more realistic immigration quotas are in place. Neglecting immigration reform or shrinking temporary worker programs now will lead to labor shortages when the economy improves. Growers who cannot find workers in the U.S. often move south across the border to Mexico. U.S. direct investment in Mexican agriculture has increased sevenfold since 2000. Other countries across the world are working hard to attract high-skilled immigrants - talent for which the U.S. will need to compete.
4. CIR: Critical to Economic Recovery
Requiring undocumented workers to become legal tax payers will create a level playing field for all workers and employers and will promote economic recovery. New tax revenue created by requiring undocumented workers to become legal taxpayers is estimated to contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to the tax burden over the next decade. Legalization will close the trap door at the bottom of the wage scale and will help life wages of all workers. Creating legal channels for workers to come in the future will protect U.S. workers from unfair competition while facilitating long-term economic growth and innovation. Even in an economic downturn, skilled U.S. workers may not take low-paying unskilled jobs.
5. PEW Research Center Shows that 64% of Americans Favor a Way for Illegal Immigrants to Gain Legal Status
The time for CIR is now! Contact your Congressman and Senator today!