Bill Marriott's take on immigration reform

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Of course, the hospitality industry is neck-deep in its interests in immigration reform—how could it not be, when so many who work in hotels are not U.S. natives. So it's no surprise to see J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International, Inc., speaking at a global tourism and travel conference in Washington, D.C., saying, "We need to stand together to include everyone in our very diverse work force. It is the diversity of our workforce that makes us great, yet some in Congress want to criminalize the undocumented and their employers" (according to TravelWireNews).


From the story, it doesn't seem that he came out explicitly calling for a specific course of action on what to do with the millions of illegal immigrants currently in the U.S., but it does sound like he's for some sort of guest worker program that would allow them to legally continue to work in the hospitality (and other) industries they tend to end up in.


While our senators and congressional representatives continue to duke it out on the Hill, I continue to wrestle with the immigration issue. Here's another article on the possible impacts of the House and Senate versions of immigration reform on the hospitality industry, this time in Boston. What do you think would be a fair and reasonable way to handle this?

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