Texas Businesses Need Immigration Reform Now

The legal entanglements of 50,000 children entering the United States illegally this summer may have highlighted our broken immigration system, but Texas businesses are warning that Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reforms could create a bigger long-term economic crisis.

Leaders in Houston’s manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries joined colleagues in 40 other cities across the country last week to complain that federal immigration law has left them without enough workers and that the market favors the unscrupulous. They want comprehensive immigration reform now.

More than 80 percent of Texas voters of every political stripe think the nation's immigration laws are not working and that Congress needs to take action, according to a survey of 1,000 people last month on behalf of the Partnership for a New Economy, a bipartisan, pro-business lobbying group.
July 10, 2014
Houston Chronicle