Franchise Industry Launches Campaign to Voice the Needs of Businesses in Immigration Reform Debate
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FRANCHISE INDUSTRY LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO VOICE THE NEEDS OF BUSINESSES IN IMMIGRATION REFORM DEBATE
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013—Immigration reform must include a market-driven solution to ensure an ample supply of essential, lesser-skilled workers accessible to franchise businesses, the International Franchise Association announced today during the launch of an integrated advocacy campaign to voice the needs of franchise business owners in the national debate over comprehensive immigration reform.
“While elegant political deals anchored by common principles agreed to by business and labor groups often at odds may bring cheers in Washington, the real key to success is ensuring the final immigration measure is comprehensive in nature, does not pick winners and losers, and appropriately aligns with the constantly-changing needs of small and large businesses, which includes market-based availability of essential workers, including the construction industry – which is steadily recovering,” wrote IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira and Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal that advocates for a new guest worker program to allow employers the flexibility and labor to adapt to economic changes.
In addition to its efforts in Washington, IFA is going beyond the Beltway, talking to real job creators across the country about what they are facing on the front lines of our national economy. Most recently, IFA was in Nevada, where the impact of immigration reform will be acutely felt. Patrick Walls, President of the Las Vegas-based Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Inc., wrote in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that: “America’s economic future depends on franchises such as Capriotti’s being able to invest, expand and hire. Comprehensive immigration reform could be the catalyst that drives that growth, as long as it is actually comprehensive and true reform.”
Franchise industry leaders also held a roundtable discussion last week with business owners and the local media in Las Vegas during the Franchise Update Multi-Unit Conference about current workforce limitations and the potential impact of immigration reform that misses the mark. IFA’s listening tour will engage local franchisees and the media throughout the country with events such as in Phoenix April 21-24 during the Restaurant Leadership Conference, and continuing in other cities across the country over the next several weeks and months.
IFA’s campaign has already included meetings with more than 20 congressional offices in both the House and Senate about the needs of the franchising community as important discussions continue on comprehensive immigration reform.
About the International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.