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August 30, 2006

Commerce secretary stresses need to address immigration

Here is an article on the need for business immigration reform by Brad Wong, P-I REPORTER

"Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez brought the issue of immigration reform to Seattle on Tuesday, calling it "the domestic social issue of our time" and a challenge that can be an opportunity.
”We've dealt with immigration in the past," he said.
But sorting out the details of the current state of immigration in the United States remains a hurdle.

Those details, he said, include: How to handle the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country, their 3 million children, labor demands of U.S. companies, a possible visiting-worker program and border security.
Gutierrez, who was visiting Seattle as part of a national tour, spoke at the Washington Athletic Club as part of a meeting sponsored by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and several business groups.
The presence of so many business groups was fitting, given the need for workers in state industries ranging from agriculture to high technology.

While border security is a top priority, Gutierrez said a comprehensive reform package must keep in mind the need for goods and services to freely enter and leave the country".


Posted by VisaLawyer at August 30, 2006 08:19 AM


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