SALT LAKE CITY – Tuesday, 27 Utah GOP elected and former elected leaders sent a letter to Utah’s congressional house delegation encouraging them to act on immigration reform this year.
Below is the letter in its entirety:
June 24, 2014
Representative Rob Bishop
Representative Chris Stewart
Representative Jason Chaffetz
Representative James D. Matheson
Dear Congressmen Bishop, Stewart, Chaffetz and Matheson:
As current and former Republican elected officials, we are writing to urge you to pass immigration reform this year. The current system is broken, and the United States cannot afford to wait any longer to fix it.
The system is broken for the business owners who are unable to grow their businesses due to workforce shortages. These shortages affect both high-skill and low-skill industries alike. When these industries are stifled, so is job creation for all Americans.
The system is broken for farmers who are producing below their capacity when they cannot meet their labor demands. According to the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), labor shortages in the agriculture industry are causing a loss of over
$3 billion in GDP and over $1 billion in farm income.
Not only can we no longer economically afford to wait, but there is also broad support, including Republican voters, for fixing the broken U.S. Immigration System. Recently, the Tea Party Express, Americans for Tax Reform and PNAE released a poll showing
that 71% of “Tea Party” aligned Republican primary voters believe it is important to pass reform this year.
We personally understand how difficult it can be to pass complicated legislation, but it is necessary. On behalf of those farmers, ranchers, businesses and individuals in our state supporting reform, we ask that you work with your colleagues to finalize legislation that can be passed into law this year.
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser
Senator Curt Bramble
Senator Stuart Reid
Senator Peter Knudson
Senator Scott Jenkins
Senator Stuart Adams
Senator Aaron Osmond
Senator Todd Weiler
Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart
Representative Brad Dee
Representative Kraig Powell
Representative Steve Handy
Representative Jon Cox
Representative Eric Hutchings
Representative Brad Wilson
Representative Lee Perry
Representative Robert Spendlove
Representative Ronda Menlove
Representative Daniel McCay
Representative Kay J. Christofferson
Representative Gage Froerer
Representative Jim Bird
Representative Johnny Anderson
Representative Becky Edwards
Representative John Knotwell
Representative Jack Draxler
Former U.S. Senator Jake Garn
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