“The National Retail Federation strongly supports legislative efforts aimed at reforming our broken and ineffective immigration system, and commends activities that seek to raise awareness of this critically-important economic, humanitarian, security and workforce issue.
“The retail industry joins our partners in the business community in support of comprehensive immigration reform, which would spur economic growth, employment opportunities and consumer spending while also adding to our tax base and social safety net.
“We need President Obama and congressional leaders to roll up their sleeves and begin serious negotiations on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform without delay in order to resolve this growing international and national crisis. Yes, the process will be difficult and fraught with political landmines, especially in an election year, but we firmly believe that our elected officials are up to the task.”
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.