IW GRASSROOTS UPDATE
 
October 25, 2013

MAKING THE CASE TO ELECTED OFFICIALS


Business leaders meet with White House officials
October 24, 2013

Business and association executives met with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough to discuss immigration. National Association of Manufacturers senior vice president for policy and government relations Aric Newhouse and Chamber of Commerce executive vice president for government affairs Bruce Josten attended the meeting. A White House official said the purpose of the meeting was “to continue conversations with folks – inside and outside the government – supportive of advancing common-sense immigration reform” . . . read more

American Hotel and Lodging Association writes letter to members
October 24, 2013

The American Hotel and Lodging Association sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and ranking member John Conyers (D-MI) pressing for legislative action on immigration. The letter called for improvements to the H-2B temporary worker program and an efficient E-Verify system. AH&LA president and CEO Katherine Lugar: “The passage of meaningful immigration reform is of vital importance to this nation not only for security reasons, but for economic ones” . . . read more

Arizona business leaders head to Washington
October 24, 2013

A group of Arizona business leaders and other reform advocates are flying to Washington to lobby the Arizona congressional delegation. Participants include chief executives of the Arizona Chamber and the Greater Phoenix Chamber. Arizona Chamber president and CEO Glenn Hamer: “If we’re successful in getting immigration reform through this year, it will be like adding rocket fuel to Arizona’s economy” . . . read more

EVENTS AND SPEECHES

Business leaders kick off Las Vegas panel
October 22, 2013

Business leaders from the Mountain West region made the economic case for immigration at a Las Vegas panel hosted by Bibles, Badges and Business. Among the panelists: executives from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Western Growers Association and Farmers Investment Company. Farmers Investment Company vice president and general counsel Nan Walden: “Each day of inaction really does make things worse, and it makes it harder for American businesses” . . . read more

Chamber of Commerce representatives participate in Pittsburgh forum
October 16, 2013

Members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber joined labor and community leaders for a forum at Carnegie Mellon University. Their message: immigration reform will move Pittsburgh’s economy forward . . . read more

Ohio Chamber president joins panel discussion
October 17, 2013

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce president joined civic and political leaders for a panel on reform at the Ohio State University. His bottom line: “In order to ensure the competitive standing and economic strength of Ohio and the United States, we must have a robust and fair immigration process that promotes legal immigration while securing our nation’s borders” . . . read more

IN THE MEDIA

Reform immigration in steps or all at once? Who cares?
By Kevin Rogers, president of the Arizona Farm Bureau
AZCentral
October 18, 2013

“Complete reform will make my world more costly for my labor and regulations, but I need to keep my trained workforce. I need access to future labor sources. And if employers are to be a part of the enforcement solution, they need the visa tools to assist with the work. A lot of this is just about people, employers and employees” . . . read more