Some of the nation's leading businesses are prodding lawmakers to act on immigration legislation as the issue enters a critical phase on Capitol Hill.
In a letter to be released Tuesday, the chief executives of Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Loews Hotels, Tyson Foods, Cargill and a half-dozen other national and regional companies write that without action to overhaul ineffective immigration laws and allow lower-skilled workers into the country legally, their businesses cannot ensure the workforce they need.
"This is indispensable for our businesses, but it's also critical for the nation," the executives write. "Without a workable temporary visa program, the U.S. can have no hope of ending illegal immigration." A copy of the letter was obtained in advance by The Associated Press.