The National Retail Federation (NRF) is the world’s largest retail trade association. NRF’s President and CEO Matthew Shay issued a statement on the introduction of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Shay’s statement (below) shows the retail sector’s support of the bill which aims to reform the U.S. immigration system:
“NRF is grateful that the bipartisan group of Senators has introduced this comprehensive immigration reform proposal. Immigration reform is long overdue and is truly an economic and workforce priority.
“This bipartisan immigration bill is as comprehensive as it is complex and includes everything from homeland security and border patrol funding to a new visa program and an incremental pathway to citizenship.
“The bill merits and deserves a full and rigorous analysis from the retail industry, the largest private sector employer in the nation, and the business community. Specifically, NRF will examine the size, scope and phase-in schedule of the new, mandatory employer verification system (E-verify), the employer-employee contractual obligations and other labor and workforce-related requirements.
“The Gang of Eight’s focus on reforming our broken and unworkable immigration system is an historic achievement but much work still needs to be done.
“NRF looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration in support of a practical, comprehensive, and workable immigration system that addresses the new economy and new workforce. Protecting and safeguarding employers, retailers and the broader workforce is our top priority.”