Hospitality, agriculture leaders push for immigration reform

Local industry leaders want comprohensive immigration reform.

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A group of industry leaders from South Carolina hospitality and agriculture associations met Thursday to promote the need for comprohensive immigration reform.

The groups say the time is now for a pathway to legal work status for undocumented workers and there is need for a national employment verification system.

They say it is also time to improve U.S. national border security.

John Hurst, President/CEO of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Aossication, says, "True, comprohensive immigration reform will be one of the key catalysts for continued growth and prosperity, not only for our generation, but for future generations."

A new poll by Harper Polling, released Thursday, says South Carolinians are in favor of immigration reform.