July 18, 2014
-- Businesses are increasing their support for reform, as the US struggles with an immigration calamity at its borders. The government is frantically trying to deal with the invasion of thousands of single-handed children crossing into the United States.
The main reason for the overwhelming support from businesses in the hospitality and restaurant industries is due to the lack of employees. They struggle to find adequate amounts of people willing to take effort-exhaustive jobs. The majority of cooks and dishwashers are recent immigrants. U.S.-born workers either don’t apply for those jobs or won’t keep them long term. The Associated General Contractors of America, a group for builders is also insistent for immigration reform. This is due to the 33% of construction companies are having difficulties with labor deficiencies. The shortages are hurting the nation's housing recovery.
This problem even spans to the tech industry, which is facing an overwhelming accumulation of working visas for high skilled employees. Bill Gates, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Mark Zuckerburg have all expressed their concerns to Washington leaders for an immigration renovation. The long wait for green cards for graduates from the top technology universities means the U.S. is losing bright potential citizens to other countries. According to Tino Mantella, president of the Technology Association of Georgia, one in four high-tech startups has a recent immigrant among its founders, immigration reform should strengthen the overall economy.
In my award winning and best selling book, Sell Your Business For More Than It’s Worth, I advise business owners on how to build their business for the best selling price possible. So there’s no question that how immigration reform affects businesses is very important to me. But what is most important is the lives of the children that this issue touches. To look at the hundreds of youthful powerless faces is to understand that this situation is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis. These children are not criminals — they are in many cases victims fleeing deadly violence in their original countries, and are seeking temporary safe haven in the United States. Sensationalizing the situation does nothing to fix the problem.
I would support an immigration reform plan that secures our borders, expands visas for high-skill workers and farm workers, provides an employer verification program, allows young persons brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents an opportunity to earn citizenship, and provides visas to live and work here legally to undocumented immigrants. Bottom line, we need comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and provides an accountable pathway to citizenship.