IW GRASSROOTS UPDATE

October 4, 2013

EVENTS AND SPEECHES

National Restaurant Association features Sen. McCain at board meeting
September 26, 2013

The National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Education Foundation featured Sen. John McCain at their joint board meeting in Washington, DC. The Senator’s message: reform is not dead. “I keep seeing signs of life” in the House, he said. And restaurateurs need to continue making the case to their members of Congress.  “You are the engine that makes our economy grow,” McCain said. “You are the first employer. You know that [unauthorized immigrants] provide a workforce in America that is vital” . . . read more

MAKING THE CASE TO ELECTED OFFICIALS

Colorado university officials sign letter to Congress
September 26, 2013

Five Colorado university heads and the chancellor of the Colorado State University system made the economic case for reform in a letter to the state’s congressional delegation. Signatories included officials from Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines, Adams State University and Colorado College. Colorado College president Jill Tiefenthaler: “We educate some of the brightest minds in the world right here in Colorado. As our students graduate and begin to accomplish great feats in their chosen fields, we would like to see them stay here and contribute to Colorado’s communities and economy” . . . read more

IN THE MEDIA

Why immigration reform matters to Minnesota
By William Blazar, senior vice president, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Shar Knutson, president, Minnesota AFL-CIO
Minnesota Star Tribune
September 30, 2013

“For many Minnesota communities, immigration has proven to be a boon – revitalizing school districts, supporting tax bases and stimulating local economic change and growth. A soon-to-be-released report from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce found that Minnesota immigrants pay $793 million in state, local and federal taxes annually and fill significant labor needs at both the high- and low-skill ends of the workforce spectrum. In some occupations, immigrants comprise such a high proportion of the workforce that their absence would be devastating” . . . read more

Want full employment? Immigrants create more jobs with start-ups

By Reynaldo Gil, CEO, Reylabs
Fox News Latino
October 1, 2013

“For more than three decades I have worked in the technology industry, watching immigrants in this country contribute to this and every other sector, diversifying America’s ideas and cultures and driving global growth with technology solutions. I have also watched peers and friends struggle with a dated immigration system that stifles both lives and industries. Many have packed up and left the country with their families rather than wait for reform” . . . read more

Path to citizenship is key to keeping best immigrants, boosting NJ economy
By Ali Houshmand, president, Rowan University and Peter P. Mercer, president, Ramapo College of New Jersey
New Jersey Star-Ledger
September 22, 2013

“Foreign-born students create jobs for New Jersey and often provide the technological innovations that drive economic growth in the state. Our students often go on to start companies, which support communities and create jobs. Immigrants are more than twice as likely to start a business, and immigrant-owned businesses in New Jersey generate about $6.2 billion in income for workers in the state each year” . . . read more