WHAT HOUSTON EMPLOYERS NEED
Tamar Jacoby president, ImmigrationWorks USA
MODERATOR Rep. Ted Poe member of Congress
Gregg T. Reyes president & CEO, Reytec Construction Resources, Inc.
Ric Campo chairman & CEO, Camden Property Trust
"A guest worker program definitely needs to be market-based. We shouldn't give 10,000 visas to Houston or a certain number of visas to a particular state. If the economy is doing well, we need more visas, and if it's not doing as well, we need less. And every place has a different need for workers. Houston is not the same as Detroit."
Michael Shine owner, Frank's Americana Revival
"The hospitality industry has changed over the past 38 years. We used to have a pool of applicants that included college students, high school kids and dads looking for second incomes. That's not the case anymore. When we advertise job openings, eight to ten people apply each week and seven or eight of them are immigrants. The vast majority of our line cooks, chefs and busboys are foreign-born workers."
Jay Williams vice president & general manager, Landscape Art, Inc
"We try to recruit U.S. workers. For the past 15 years, we have placed advertisements in the Houston Chronicle and posted job openings on the Texas Workforce Commission website. But currently I have only two American workers."
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