Council for Global Immigration quoted in article – “Does Cantor Loss Signal the Demise of Immigration Reform?”

Council in the News

​​SHRM, 06/11/2014 –

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking loss in Virginia’s June 10, 2014, Republican primary immediately set off a cacophony of declarations that immigration reform is dead. Opponents of reform seized on Cantor’s defeat to little-known, less-well-funded candidate David Brat as a clear referendum against an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.

“…Supporters of reform are quick to note that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., easily won his primary despite his support for the comprehensive immigration legislation…And in North Carolina last month, Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers beat back a primary challenger who had made similar attacks.

“The irony is that Cantor was not a strong proponent of immigration legislation. He had voiced support for general reform principles and a path to citizenship for people brought to the U.S. as children, but he had not pushed any reform legislation to a vote, and immigration was noticeably absent from his agenda for House action this month.

“…Where does the issue go from here?

“…The Council for Global Immigration, a SHRM affiliate, agrees that the one consistency in the debate is the need to reform the legal immigration system. ‘The disagreements on immigration continue to be about providing citizenship or legal status to the undocumented. No one questions the need to reform our legal immigration system,’ said Council Executive Director Lynn Shotwell.

“‘We still hope legislative reform is possible, but in any instance we are committed to reform our laws to ensure business has the tools to hire a legal workforce and can access the talent it needs to create jobs and grow the economy,’ said Council Legislative Director and Counsel Rebecca Peters.”

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