IW NEW YORK LAUNCHES A PETITION DRIVE
IW's newest affiliate, ImmigrationWorks New York, has launched a petition drive. Following up on a group letter to Sen. Charles Schumer and a member meeting with him, the coalition is recruiting employers across New York State to sign a statement explaining their need for a legal immigrant labor force.
Their message: "We, the undersigned businesses, creating jobs and positively contributing to the economy here in the state of New York, hereby call on our Senator, Charles E. Schumer, to include the worker visa programs our state needs in any comprehensive immigration reform package."
Members of the New York group have been circulating the petition text to their colleagues, distributing it through their trade organizations and walking the streets, stopping in local businesses to solicit signatures and comments from individual employers. The coalition's goal: 500 signatures. The total so far: 265 signatures.