Small Business Owners Urge Senator Collins To Move Immigration Debate Forward
Urge Senator to support motion to open floor debate on Gang of Eight immigration bill
With first floor votes on the bi-partisan Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration package scheduled for this afternoon in the U.S. Senate, the Maine Small Business Coalition released the following statements from small business owners on the unfolding immigration debate:
Sharon Peralta, owner of Custom Computer and More in Springvale:
“This is a critical juncture in the immigration debate, and a critical moment for small businesses. We’re counting on Congress to enact economy-boosting immigration reform this year. Voting to debate this package on the Senate floor is the next step to bring this about.
“Small businesses need immigration reform to be about more than filling jobs – we need it to be about creating jobs and boosting customer demand on Main Street in local economies across America. The current proposal in the Senate takes major strides to advance these priorities. We urge Senator Collins to vote yes to bring this bill to the Senate floor for debate.”
Scott Rittall, owner of Rittall Construction and Handyman Services, in Boothbay Harbor:
“Not only does our small, local community need immigration reform, but our economy needs an accessible and fair way for people to earn citizenship and then be able to be active players in our nation and economy. The time is ripe for commonsense immigration reform.”