After years of wrangling, it’s time for the U.S. Congress to pass a comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform bill. Immigration reform is a major issue for diecasters as we struggle to hire skilled workers for an increasingly advanced technological age while dealing with complex rules regarding the hiring of legal workers.  In a global economy, we cannot afford to waste the talent, skills and potential of workers residing here in the United States.

“Manufacturing is a sleek, technology-focused industry that requires high-skilled workers to drive the innovation that has made us the world’s manufacturing leader,” said NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons recently. “Manufacturers are dealing with a skills gap that has left 600,000 jobs vacant across the nation.”

The type of reform that’s needed
The diecasting industry would benefit from Immigration Reform that accomplishes the following:
•  Improves the employment-based green card system to keep talent within the United States;
•  Streamlines and simplifies the procedures for the temporary or non-immigrant visa
•  Allows for temporary workers and immigrants to meet the needs of employers without displacing American workers
•  Creates other changes to enhance flexibility in responding to demands for the skills necessary to grow America’s economy

In addition, the Immigration Reform legislation should have a reliable, accurate and efficient employment eligibility verification system that also provides fair enforcement of the laws. The current employment verification system creates undue liability for employers, causes increased administrative burdens, and does not deter identity fraud.