As the immigration debate resumed in Washington in spring 2009, IW convened a coalition of coalitions from across the economic sectors that employ immigrant workers: the high-tech Compete America coalition, the lesser-skilled Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Farm Bureau Federation, among other organizations.
BWG SUPPORTS SCHUMER-GRAHAM FRAMEWORK
Following the publication in the Washington Post of an op-ed by Sens. Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham outlining their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, the Business Working Group released a statement applauding them for their "courage and hard work in crafting what [promised to] be a balanced bipartisan bill."
The statement was signed by 18 business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition and ImmigrationWorks USA.
BWG LETTER TO IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE LEADERS
In August 2009, the group sent a letter to Immigration Subcommittee chairs Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Zoe Lofgren.
“We cannot forget [a] key element of effective reform,” the letter stated. “To truly fix the problem, a reform package must ensure that America’s economy will have the legal workforce it needs in the decades to come. It must create a legal system that is responsive to the U.S. economy.”
Among the groups that co-signed the letter: Compete America (representing employers of high-skilled workers), the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (lesser-skilled workers), the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Farm Bureau Federation and ImmigrationWorks USA.