October 23, 2012
Few issues come as politically charged as immigration, but on the ground here in the Cornhusker State, we must consider immigrants through a different lens.
Restaurants and food service are a $1.9 billion industry in Nebraska, one that depends on all 67,000 of its employees. The industry is the second-largest private-sector employer in the state (nationwide it’s No. 1), and it employs immigrant workers at a high rate.
The Nebraska Restaurant Association recognizes that continuing growth in our industry depends on rational immigration policies that provide access to a reliable, legal work force. Hardworking immigrants contribute significantly to our state, not only as key restaurant workers but also as customers and entrepreneurs who add flavor to our dining options when they open their own restaurants.