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NRA takes part in key meeting on immigration reform

With the fate of immigration reform in the hands of the House of Representatives, the National Restaurant Association took part in a meeting with senators who authored the Senate’s immigration reform bill to discuss strategies for moving immigration reform legislation forward.

The July 17 meeting, which included representatives from major tech companies like Facebook and Google as well as trade groups and faith-based organizations, was part of an effort to promote immigration reform in the House, where passage is expected to be more difficult than in the Senate. House leaders have said that the House likely will address immigration through a series of bills rather than passing a comprehensive package like the Senate passed last month.

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Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) led the meeting at the Capitol and told attendees that they believe August will be a critical month in determining whether the House will act on immigration reform legislation.

The overall message of the meeting was that the business community, including restaurant operators, needs to be vigilant in urging representatives to act on a comprehensive reform package. During the Senate debate, restaurateurs across the country contacted their senators to encourage them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Restaurateurs in several states took part in media events to call attention to the importance of immigration reform to the U.S. economy.

The NRA will continue its discussions with key members of Congress in an effort to secure its three priorities in immigration reform: a clear path to citizenship for undocumented workers, national use of the E-Verify employment verification system, and increased border security that does not impede legal travel and tourism.

Visit www.AmericaWorksHere.org/issues/immigration  for more information on immigration reform, including news, background on key issues and advocacy talking points.

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