ACA Policy Statement on Immigration Reform
The American Coatings Association (ACA), representing the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the more than 250,000 people who work in it, urges the U.S. Congress to enact legislation that would bring meaningful reforms to critical components of the nation’s immigration system. Reform of an outdated, broken immigration system is essential to achieve a fully revitalized economy that provides rewarding and lasting job opportunities, as well as access to a qualified workforce.
Enacting immigration reform now will accelerate U.S. economic growth at a critical time when it has struggled to recover, and will help to enable sustained growth for decades to come. Done right, reform will also serve to protect and complement the U.S. workforce, generating greater productivity and economic activity that will lead to new innovations, products, businesses, and jobs in communities across the country.
Today’s immigration system is now in its third decade and is incapable of being responsive to an everchanging national economy and hyper-competitive global marketplace. Simply put, the problems with our immigration system have become an emerging threat to the current and future productivity, ingenuity, and competitiveness of key sectors of our economy, including agriculture, housing, manufacturing, tourism, engineering, and technology. ACA urges Congress to enact pro-growth immigration reform to strengthen and sustain the U.S. economy.