Hotel Industry Leaders Take Strong Immigration Position

Six leaders of the nation's largest hotel companies joined together to urge Congress and President Bush to take more proactive steps on what they call "comprehensive immigration reform."

In a letter sent to the Washington media outlet Roll Call, and also distributed to President George Bush and key members of Congress, the six 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; 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.

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 a comprehensive immigration reform bill this week.