The hotel industry launched the Workforce & Immigration Initiative to emphasize the need for Congress to support the U.S. workforce and economy through bipartisan solutions to fix our nation’s broken immigration system, as reported in Hotel Business, Hotel Management, and Travel Daily News, among others. This comes as discussions on immigration reform in Congress ramp up before the end of the year and nearly all hotels are experiencing staffing shortages. Hotels are looking to fill many of the jobs lost during the pandemic, including more than 105,000 hotel jobs currently open across the nation.
The Workforce & Immigration Initiative also launched a six-figure digital advertising campaign in D.C. and key states and a new survey underscoring voters’ support for reform that prioritizes the U.S. workforce, economy and securing the border. The advertising features an ad that highlights the workforce shortage and calls on Congress and the administration to “grow our economy and create opportunities for people to work legally in the United States” and “rebuild the American Dream.”
KEY SURVEY FINDINGS:
- Two in three voters (67%) across party lines believe that to build a dependable and efficient economy, we need to fix our immigration system so that immigrants willing to contribute to our economy can do so legally.
- A range of proposals including legal status/citizenship are popular across party lines. Bipartisan majorities support proposals that would grant expanded citizenship opportunities or permanent legal status to immigrants living in the United States. This includes two in three voters (67%) who support increasing the annual number of H-2B visas and seven in ten voters (71%) support creating a path to citizenship for immigrants who currently qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
- Voters do not think the government is taking enough action and that the immigration system is “broken” and “in crisis.” Three in four voters (76%) say Congress has not done enough on immigration and nearly nine in ten voters (87%) say bipartisan efforts to achieve immigration reform are more important than sticking to their respective parties’ political agendas.
On behalf of the Workforce & Immigration Initiative, Global Strategy Group and Public Opinion Strategies partnered to conduct this survey of 1,014 voters nationwide from November 14 – 21, 2022 on immigration and other key issues facing our nation.