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May 27, 2007

Texas business leaders push immigration bill

Open letter in Dallas paper urges Hutchison, Cornyn to back measure

By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press

"WASHINGTON - Texas business leaders are pressuring the state's Republican senators to back the immigration reform bill being debated in the Senate.

A coalition of Texas businesses published an open letter to Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn in Thursday's editions of The Dallas Morning News, to "express the urgency in supporting passage of comprehensive immigration reform."

"We hope both Republican senators from Texas would get behind this bill. We think it's a unique opportunity, and we need to finish the job," said Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business and a board member of Texas Employers for Immigration Reform.

The coalition members said the state and national economy will be damaged and businesses will face a labor shortage if Congress doesn't complete work on an immigration bill.

In a conference call with reporters, business leaders said nothing can be gained from requiring the illegal immigrants to leave and re-enter the country.

"To ask them to return home and touch back is going to put a unique burden on them and on employers," said Cliff Butler, vice chairman of Pilgrim's Pride, based in Pittsburg...".

at http://www.theeagle.com/stories/052607/nation_20070526001.php

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 27, 2007 01:08 PM

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