Local industries take part in “Day of Action” for immigration reform

A U.S. Border Patrol boat secures the area as U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, left, talks about the dangers of crossing the U.S. border during a news conference for a Danger Awareness Campaign at Anzalduas Park next to the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas on Wednesday July 2, 2014. The campaign is a Spanish-language outreach effort aimed at highlighting the risks and undercutting the perceived rewards of illegal immigration. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez)
A U.S. Border Patrol boat secures the area as U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, left, talks about the dangers of crossing the U.S. border during a news conference for a Danger Awareness Campaign at Anzalduas Park next to the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas on Wednesday July 2, 2014. The campaign is a Spanish-language outreach effort aimed at highlighting the risks and undercutting the perceived rewards of illegal immigration. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Wednesday morning local leaders from different business, manufacturing, and agriculture groups will join  in on a nationwide “Day of Action” for immigration reform.  Different groups are calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to work together to solve issues with current immigration laws.

The Texas Association of Business hosted a press conference in Austin on Wednesday at as part of the nationwide push. The Texas Catholic Conference along with Texas Retailers Association and Austin Chamber of Commerce are expected to speak.

Last month the Texas Association of Business, Texas Restaurant Association, religious groups and others held a forum about immigration reform at the Facebook office downtown.

“Our immigration laws aren’t working for anybody.  If you want to secure the borders they’re not doing that, if you want to get an essential lower skilled work force for our industry, it’s not doing that,” said Richie Jackson with the Texas Restaurant Association. “We have many areas of the state where we simply can’t open up our dining rooms because we don’t have enough help in the kitchen or the front of the house to meet our customer’s needs.  We have those same restaurants that would like to open up more units and contribute to the economy and they just can’t staff  those units so they can’t grow and expand.”

In the southern part of the state, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas will hold a demonstration at a Brownsville border crossing.

 

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