Legislative decisions made in Washington, DC, and state capitals across the country have a dramatic effect on our business, on us as individuals and on our communities. As Caterpillar employees, we all have a role in helping our communities understand the challenges we face as a global corporation.
Two Caterpillar managers recently represented Caterpillar at local legislative events to lead the discussion on the impact of comprehensive immigration reform.
Last week, Cat Financial’s General Counsel Wes Blumenshine spoke at a Tennessee Chamber of Commerce press conference to highlight their support of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate. One of several business and community leaders at the event, Blumenshine expressed support for the bipartisan bill which would change current employment-based visa programs to ensure talented international workers can help manufacturers grow and innovate along with American workers.
“Highly-skilled worker immigration issues have become even more critical as the global economy has expanded and global competitiveness has increased, yet no significant changes have been made to U.S. immigration laws since 1986,” Blumenshine said. “Although more and more skilled jobs have been created in the United States, there are not enough qualified American workers and American college graduates to fill those positions and so they go unfilled.”
Little Rock Facility Manager Paul Rivera also expressed the need for reform last week at a local legislative business round table event sponsored by the Mayor of Little Rock. Rivera not only discussed the impact of outdated immigration laws, but also described how Caterpillar is working to address skill gaps, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) on a local level.
“Caterpillar’s North Little Rock facility is dedicated to stimulating interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields locally through partnerships with schools and community resources,” said Rivera. “We will continue to support STEM recruitment programs that allow U.S. companies like Caterpillar to recruit and build a sustainable pipeline of talented workers that will help maintain our competitive advantage and lead us into the future.”
Caterpillar supports efforts to engage lawmakers and local leaders in understanding the impact of legislation. Visit the Caterpillar Immigration site to learn more about comprehensive immigration reform and how Caterpillar’s governmental affairs team works with officials around the nation.