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NCCR Welcomes Obama Commitment to Immigration Reform, Seeks Comprehensive Bill

For Immediate Release
Contact: J. Craig Shearman (202) 626-8134
shearmanc@nrf.com

NCCR Welcomes Obama Commitment to Immigration Reform, Seeks Comprehensive Bill

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 – The National Retail Federation’s National Council of Chain Restaurants 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,” NCCR Executive Director Rob Green said. “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,” Green said. “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.”

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.”

For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include many the country’s most well-respected quick-serve and casual-dining companies. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group.  www.nccr.net

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