Industry News | June 28, 2013

NRA Commends Senate's Efforts on Immigration Reform

The National Restaurant Association commended the bipartisan efforts of the United States Senate in passing immigration reform that seeks to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.


“Today’s vote was a critical step,” says Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO, National Restaurant Association. “America’s restaurants support common-sense immigration reform that meets three key priorities: a clear path to legalization, national implementation of the E-Verify employee verification system that preempts inconsistent state mandates, and increased border security that won’t harm legal travel and tourism. We will continue to work with members of both chambers to advocate for policies that will allow the restaurant industry to continue its role as a leading jobs creator.”


The National Restaurant Association has been heavily involved in the construction and review of S. 744, the comprehensive immigration bill drafted by the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight and passed by the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.


“The restaurant industry is one of the best paths to achieving the American Dream, with a workforce of more than 13 million employees that is reflective of America’s diversity,” says Scott DeFife, executive vice president, policy and government affairs, National Restaurant Association. “The National Restaurant Association has advocated for years on the need for meaningful immigration reform, and we commend the Senate on its work to address these important issues.”


DeFife added that the Association has been working with House of Representatives members on the E-Verify issue, among other bills. The Association has backed the “Legal Workforce Act” as a model employment verification system.

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