Massey Villarreal, Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)...

Massey Villarreal, Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation addresses the issue of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Press Conference held by Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


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Amarillo, TX and Washington D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–February 22, 2007–Massey Villarreal, Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation, today issued a statement addressing the issue of Comprehensive Immigration Reform during a press conference hosted by The Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Massey Villarreal, USHCC Foundation Chairman issued the following statement in regards to Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

With all the challenges facing our country today, our newly elected leaders must overcome bipartisan obstacles and develop a comprehensive, realistic approach to addressing the pressing issue of immigration reform in the United States.

Obviously, the current immigration system is terribly out-dated. This has given way to millions of undocumented workers entering the United States, threats to our national security and an anti-Hispanic attitude permeating throughout the United States. States and communities are passing dangerous laws that not only threaten non-profits, churches and small businesses, but will also create unnecessary and expensive litigation due to the unconstitutionality of the proposed regulations. Many hard-working employees and employers who simply seek a better quality of life for their families are feeling the brunt of such animosity and discrimination. We are concerned about any additional regulatory burdens and penalties that may be placed on employers to enforce civil immigration laws. Most employers comply with immigration laws in good faith and should not be forced to be de-facto “Immigration agents.”

The USHCC looks forward to working with the nation’s lawmaker’s on identification verification standards that maintain enforcement responsibilities among those government agencies capable of understanding and enforcing these laws. For example, 40 percent of workers rejected for employment with the Basic Pilot Extension Act verification system are actually eligible workers often confused due to surname mismatches or errors in the data. Those mismatches often affect the Hispanic community more than others. We also look forward to the President’s plan for a Temporary Guest Worker program, as businesses will require an expansion in the available workforce to meet the demands of our growing economy.

The USHCC, as is the case with the USHCC Foundation as stated in a statement it issued on January 24, 2007, strongly support the President’s vision for a permanent and comprehensive solution to the immigration debate. We need a debate that will provide the nation with a genuine immigration reform compromise and that reflects a desire to balance national security with continued economic growth. The voters were clear that we need concrete solutions—like a guest-worker program—not concrete walls to address this very critical issue. The USHCC will address this issue at our 2007 Legislative Conference, March 5-7, in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the press conference please contact Zack Lujan of the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at (808) 379-8800.

About USHCC Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is committed to the purpose of giving Latino entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit http://www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

Massey Villarreal, Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation addresses the issue of Comprehensive Immigration Reform