President Obama and a bipartisan group of U. S. Senators have begun to focus on immigration concerns at the start of the new Congress. This may signal a big year for a policy matter that Congress has historically avoided. Earlier this week, the president offered his plans for comprehensive immigration reform and the aforementioned group of senators also provided a framework that could lead to legislation later this year designed to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws

Among the key principles guiding these discussions are improved border security, tougher enforcement of laws against hiring undocumented workers, a streamlined legal immigration process, creation of an earned path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who wish to stay in the United States and revamped temporary foreign worker programs.

The horse racing industry relies heavily on foreign help, especially those workers employed by trainers and horse farms through various temporary worker programs. The Department of Labor (DOL) has targeted the H-2B visa program with tough new rules that could negatively impact horse racing and breeding.

The NTRA looks out for our industry on immigration matters. We will be closely monitoring any developments in this area to ensure fair treatment of affected employers and employees.

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