Travel Community Urges Bipartisan, Bicameral Immigration Reform

The U.S. Travel Association today welcomed the immigration standards released by U.S. House Republicans and urged forward movement on reform.

U.S. Travel Association "The House Republican immigration standards are an encouraging signal that both parties in both chambers, as well as the Administration, are ready to move forward on fixing America’s broken immigration system,” said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "Immigration reform would strengthen U.S. security and boost economic growth, particularly in the travel sector, which supports one out of every eight American jobs and generates the third-largest trade surplus of any U.S. industry. The Senate has already passed good legislation on this issue, and we take the announcement of these principles as a sign that the House will move toward doing the same.” 

Dow reiterated that America’s travel community strongly supports the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, provisions of which were included in the Senate-passed immigration bill and has garnered more than 120 bipartisan supporters in the House. The Act would:

Dow also noted the Republican immigration principles’ call for a biometric exit provision, and urged lawmakers to be thorough in considering the technical and budgetary implications of any such measure.

One provision alone in the JOLT Act—expanding the Visa Waiver Program—could, if extended to Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Israel, Panama, Poland, Romania and Uruguay:

  • Increase annual visitation by more than 600,000;
  • Add more than $7 billion to the U.S. economy; and
  • Support more than 40,000 additional American jobs.
"It's time to recapture the momentum from last summer and agree on common-sense immigration reform measures that will deliver real economic benefits to communities across America,” said Dow.


The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.0 trillion in economic output and supports 14.6 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. 

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