The National Retail Federation’s National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) division today welcomed President Obama’s renewed commitment to immigration reform highlighted during a speech in Texas this afternoon.
“NCCR supports comprehensive reform of immigration policy in order to address glaring deficiencies in our country’s ability to provide a steady, stable supply of workers to keep our economy growing,” says NCCR executive director Rob Green. “Reforms must address both short-term and longer-term workforce needs.”
“We recognize that any reforms must include measures to increase border security and an effective and efficient system of employee verification,” he adds.
“But reform should be truly comprehensive and deal with all the issues of this complex subject rather than making employers scapegoats for the shortcomings of our immigration system.
“Any mandatory system of employer verification of workers must be phased in over time, include a safe harbor for companies that use the system in good faith, and avoid disruptions to the normal course of business activity,” Green says.
Obama delivered a major speech this afternoon in El Paso, focusing on the importance of “fixing the broken immigration system for our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs.”