Hotel giants urge US immigration reform

15th May 2007

Six leaders of the
nation’s largest lodging companies have joined together to urge Congress
and the Administration to end the impasse and take action on comprehensive
immigration reform.In a letter published in Roll Call and distributed to President George
Bush and key members of Congress and the Administration, the leaders said,
“One thing we believe in is that the current immigration system is badly
broken. We believe in a balanced solution that protects our borders and
recognizes the contributions of—and the need for—the foreign-born
workers in our economy.”
  The letter was signed by Matthew J. Hart, President and Chief Operating
Officer, Hilton Hotels Corporation; Stevan Porter, President, The Americas
for InterContinental Hotels Group; J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., Chairman and
CEO, Marriott International, Inc.; Thomas J. Pritzker, Chairman, Global
Hyatt Corporation; Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Loews Hotels; and Bruce W. Duncan, Interim Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  This call to action is timed to coincide with the motion made by Senate
Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) to begin debate on Comprehensive
Immigration Reform the week of May 14th.


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