A group of local business leaders started a petition and met with Sen. Charles Schumer to advocate for immigration reform that incorporates their need for lesser-skilled employees.
Among the group were restaurateurs, Jeremy Merrin and Marc Murphy, who met with the senator, explaining that immigrant workers are not taking jobs away from Americans.
Messrs. Merrin and Murphy are members of the newly formed New York chapter of ImmigrationWorks USA, an organization representing business owners who rely on an immigrant labor force. The group just started a petition drive to collect 500 signatures (it has 300 already) calling for a worker visa program that’s not capped and has flexible requirements.
“The reality is that Americans are not applying to be porters and dishwashers,” says Andrew Rigie, director of operations for the city chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association. “Our focus is the workers that are the backbone of the day to day operations of the restaurant industry,” adds Mr. Rigie.
“We need the ability to bring in specialized chefs from other countries to ensure that New York City can maintain its title of the restaurant capital of the world,” says Mr. Rigie.
How did we go from needing dishwashers to needing chefs? No one in America wants to design foreign food now either?
I think INS should pay this guy's establishment a visit.