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Susan Quam
August 3, 2016

Wisconsin Restaurant Association Supports Immigration Reform Campaign

Madison, WI — On August 3, 2016, a coalition of business and community leaders from across Wisconsin launched the Reason for Reform campaign at a press conference at the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County.

The Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) and the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County are leading this effort with support from several other groups including the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, the Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

The purpose of the campaign is to underscore the need for immigration reform. The press event included the release of new Wisconsin-specific data regarding the contributions of immigrants.

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association, as well as the National Restaurant Association, supports comprehensive immigration reform. “The Wisconsin Restaurant Association strongly supports a guest worker program that will allow undocumented workers that are here now to be able to identify themselves and legally stay here,” according to Ed Lump, WRA’s President & CEO. “We support securing the border, but we also support legal work status for those who are already here and contributing to our economy.”

It is important for our state to be inviting for immigrants, particularly since Wisconsin is facing a long-term labor shortage.
“Immigrants made this country,” says Lump. “Almost all of us are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Immigrant employees are employed by the hospitality and other economically important Wisconsin industries because of their work ethic and reliability. They are generally willing to start in entry level positions and work hard while pursuing the American Dream. There are countless success stories of immigrants who end up owning or managing restaurants. In fact, the restaurant industry has more immigrant and minority owners and managers than any other industry.”

The Reason for Reform campaign will kick off with the release of 51 new reports (one for every state, plus Washington DC) and events in all 50 states urging Members of Congress to take action to enact reform.

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