TGI Fridays CEO says immigration reform is one of the biggest challenges in the restaurant industry


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TGI Fridays CEO Ray Blanchette told Business Insider that the restaurant industry should push for immigration reform — especially as companies deal with record-low unemployment rates.
“150 years ago, an immigrant would come here and work in infrastructure,” Blanchette said in an interview at the ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday. “Building the country was roads or railroads or skyscrapers — those were the jobs that were available to immigrants. Today … we are the place where immigrants break the cycle of poverty for their families forever.”
Speaking at the conference this week, the CEOs of Shake Shack and Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, also said labor was a top challenge in 2020.
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ORLANDO, Florida — As the restaurant industry grapples with low unemployment rates, TGI Fridays’ CEO is calling for immigration reform.

TGI Fridays CEO Ray Blanchette told Business Insider that one of the top challenges in the restaurant industry in 2020 is the “confusing” legislative environment.

“We need immigration reform,” Blanchette said in an interview on Monday at the ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida. “Think about who we serve, who our team members are, and having access to a healthy flow of talent.”

“150 years ago, an immigrant would come here and work in infrastructure,” Blanchette continued. “Building the country was roads or railroads or skyscrapers — those were the jobs that were available to immigrants. Today … we are the place where immigrants break the cycle of poverty for their families forever.”

Blanchette said that the restaurant industry should have worked harder to push for meaningful immigration reform, as immigrants make up a …read more

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