Immigration Reform Implications on the Hospitality Industry

The Immigration Reform is a statutory reform that primarily focuses on the number of immigrants both legal and illegal currently in the United States. Developed countries like the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States have a majority of aliens seeking better lifestyles. Most of these immigrants do not comply with the proper immigration formalities. As a result, the United States has an illegal immigration problem as immigrants enter the country illegally by crossing the border between the United States and Mexico, or they enter legally but overstay their visas.

The United States Immigration Reform specifically targets the problem of millions of undocumented workers in the United States. The proposed Immigration Reform encompasses: border security which looks into issues such as those of increased border protection, increased mileage of fencing along the US-Mexico border and creation of directories of crime syndicates from different countries. Another issue involved in the Reform is Worksite Enforcement where all workers must hold legal status in the United States.

Guest worker programs, improvement in the current immigration system and the naturalization process are also key issues discussed in this Reform. This paper looks into the effects of the policy implications of immigration as it relates to the hospitality industry. The U. S. hotel is industry is affected to a greater extent by immigrants. Immigrants-legal or illegal fill a large number of line-level hotel jobs throughout the country. This is often attributed to the fact that those whose domicile country is America are quite selective in their careers.

They either do not want jobs in the hospitality industry or want to earn more than those jobs pay. As a consequence, the hotel industry significantly relies on immigrant workers to sustain it. In fact, hotel executives find immigration reform to be quite necessary. “Immigrant workers provide a necessary service . . . a critical service if you want to stay at a hotel, vacation resort or theme park for a reasonable price. ” (Fred Kleisner) In addition, according to Dewey Weaver; without the neighbors to the South (immigrants), they wouldn’t be able to operate the hotels.

This is because the American people do not want to do that work and finding good workers is a problem. Statistics depict that without significant immigration reforms; it could be harder for hotels to find enough workers. Statistical findings estimate that by the following year, the lodging industry would require an extra 700 000 staff and more than 17 million jobs would be created by the U. S. economy. The proposed reforms if implemented by Congress without significant changes will make a great deal of sense in that, the rights of legal immigrants will be protected.

That is, the workers will have appropriate documents and won’t have to worry about fake social security numbers. There will also be improved border security to make it more difficult for people to enter and work in the United States illegally. This will concurrently enhance the ability to verify the identity and whereabouts of workers in the United States. In addition, the policy will allow employers to hire immigrant workers only when no American is available and willing to take up the position.

Subsequently, foreign workers will be required to return to their home countries after their temporary period of work in the United States expires. Works Cited: Mendes, Janine. ‘Haiti U. S. A: Immigration Reform’. 31 March 2009. <http:// www. Pacificnews. org/>. Walsh, John P. ‘Labor pains: immigration reform could ease employment strain’, Hotel and Motel Management: 16 February 2004. Retrieved on: 6 April 2009, from: http:\findarticles. comparticlesmi-m3072is-3-219ai-113860171 ‘United States Immigration Reform’. 22 April 2009. Retrieved on 8 April 8, 2009, from :< http:www. usaimmigrationreform. org/>