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February 13, 2016

Immigration: McDonald’s, Coke, Tyson CEOs Urge Congress to Act

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Business leaders from McDonald’s, Coke and Tysons were among the executives calling Tuesday for congressional action on immigration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A group of business leaders, including the CEOs of McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, sent an open letter to Congress Tuesday urging lawmakers to take action to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

The letter, signed by executives from large hotel and restaurant chains, a senior living firm and a roofing company, among others, makes the case for legal status for lower-skilled immigrants doing work that fewer Americans are willing to tackle.

“In 1950, more than half of America’s workers were high school dropouts willing to do physically demanding, low-skilled work. Today, the figure is less than 5 percent. But our businesses still need less-skilled workers,” the letter says. But there is “virtually no legal way for less-skilled foreigners without family in the U.S. to enter the country and work in year-round jobs.”

The executives acknowledge the need for improved border security and for verification of legal status for employees, but they ask Congress to move quickly to approve a temporary visa program for non-seasonal workers.

“Our broken immigration system is not a problem that can be put off,” they write.

The letter is signed by:

— Nelson R. Braddy Jr., King of Texas Roofing Company LP

— Stephen P. Joyce, Choice Hotels International

— Andrew F. Puzder, CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc.

— Garen Cox, Medicalodges Inc.

— Muhtar Kent, The Coca-Cola Co.

— John Rowe, Exelon

— Don Feltman, Artis Senior Living

— Dave MacLennan, Cargill

— Donnie Smith, Tyson Foods

Don Thompson, McDonald’s Corp.

— Paul Whetsell, Loews Hotels & Resorts

The Senate approved a comprehensive bipartisan immigration overhaul last year, but House GOP leaders have shown little appetite for taking up the issue, especially ahead of the fall elections. House Speaker John A. Boehner has said the House would tackle an overhaul piecemeal, with the priority on border security, if President Barack Obama would demonstrate to Congress that the administration intends to enforce immigration law. 



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  • JetsFan1984

    Any person who has been denied employment by any of these companies now have an official cause of action. Seek legal advice and file employment discrimination lawsuit.

    McDonald’s and coke make you fat.

  • HelpSaveMaryland

    These are the same companies, especially McDonalds and the hotel industry that openly hire illegal immigrants for their workforce. They use employment brokers so it looks like they are not hiring illegals. Some even say they support the Federal E-Verify program which screens workers – McDonalds in particular. But since the workers are on the brokers’ payroll no problem with E-Verify. They look clean.

    • Layla

      They are NOT clean. They are putting the needs of illegals and the US Chamber over the needs of American families who have lost everything.

  • Jack Everett

    Why bring all the illegals here lets just send McDonald’s and the rest of the fascist pigs to Mexico we don’t need them here.

  • Santiago Alemedia

    The plantation owners demand the govt supply them with cheap, obedient labor to work their fields and businesses.

    There’s over 60,000 kids crossing the Mexican border right now who can and will work those jobs.

  • Layla

    Odd that no one is being honest about what is in this “so called reform bill”. I’ll tell you: These people will be “legalized”, allowing them to work immediately, pay taxes, apply for citizenship. The catch is they can be hired for less money and these companies will continue to receive waivers on Obamacare which will mean huge profits and less government regulation on their backs for hiring “legalized” workers.

    Whom do you think will get the jobs? It’s WON’T be the 100 Million Americans currently struggling to feed their families.

    And here is the final kicker, what the administration and Congressional Democrats and RINOs are counting on: After about 6 months, people will be upset they are making less than American workers, with no benefits, so there will be a demand to change the law and make them citizens, giving them the right to vote.

    American citizens have to be the dumbest people on the planet. Both political parties have victimized you to the full extent of the law and will continue doing so.

    Want to see a smaller, Constitutional government back ENFORCING the rights of American citizens over the US Chamber, Congress, the administration and illegals? VOTE ANY MEMBER OUT WHO SUPPORTS THIS, both sides.

  • williambose32

    It is patriotic malfeasance, at best, for @RepPaulRyan to put the interests of illegal aliens ahead of United States citizens.

    • Jack Everett

      Ryan, McConnell and Graham need the same lesson Cantor got.

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