IW GRASSROOTS UPDATE

November 22, 2013

EVENTS AND SPEECHES


FWD.us hosts Dreamer hackathon
November 20, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg’s advocacy group FWD.us brought 20 unauthorized young people with technical skills to Silicon Valley for a 24-hour programming marathon designed to draw attention to the need for immigration reform. Executives from Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon and Dropbox advised the coders as they collaborated on software development. FWD.us president Joe Green explained the goal of the event: “We hope the hackathon sheds light on just a small fraction of the many talents of the undocumented immigrant community, and how our broken immigration system prevents 11 million people from realizing their full potential” . . . read more

U.S. Chamber and NAM CEOs participate in press conference
November 14, 2013

Executives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers joined faith leaders and law enforcement officials at a news conference calling for reform. The business participants: Chamber president and CEO Tom Donahue and NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons. Donahue’s message: “[Immigration] is good for the country, it’s good for the economy, it’s good for American companies and, yes, it’s very good for American workers” . . . read more

Digital Day of Action produces 3,000 tweets
November 13, 2013

Business representatives joined a broad coalition of faith groups, law enforcement officials, labor leaders and immigrant rights activists for a Digital Day of Action, sending more than 3,000 tweets to 85 million recipients. Participating organizations included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, FWD.us, the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Small Business Majority. Chamber senior vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits Randy Johnson: “The U.S. Chamber will continue to make commonsense immigration reform a top priority . . . In doing so, we will help secure the borders and promote the economic prosperity of the country” . . . read more

Colorado farmers hold street event calling for reform
November 20, 2013

Colorado farmers and agriculture representatives held an event on a street in downtown Fort Morgan calling on their congressman, Rep. Cory Gardner, to support immigration reform. Among the organizations represented: the Colorado Farm Bureau, the Colorado Dairy Farmers Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and Colorado Egg Producers. Colorado Farm Bureau vice president Brent Boydston: “We rely on immigrant labor on a daily basis. Agriculture and immigration go hand in hand” . . . read more
    
IN THE MEDIA

FWD.us launches ad campaign
November 18, 2013

FWD.us is launching a weeklong cable ad campaign with a tough new tone. President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and other Washington lawmakers are shown calling for reform. “On this, both parties say they agree,” a narrator comments, “and yet, we wait. Americans are tired of empty rhetoric. It’s time for every leader to come through on their promise and fix our broken immigration system. Tell Congress the time is now.” The ads will run in English and Spanish, on cable and on the web . . . read more

Immigration reform can be a winning issue for Republicans
By Carlos Gutierrez, national chairman of Republicans for Immigration Reform, vice chairman of the Albright Stonebridge Group and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
AZCentral
November 20, 2013

“We need to keep our talented workers in this country. Those who have come here for an American education will be a step ahead – whether they’re creating jobs here in America or heading elsewhere to compete with us. In addition, a streamlined legal immigration process will help businesses ensure a legal workforce. That will level the playing field for all American workers, and it will emphasize accountability” . . . read more

Immigration reform needed for global competitiveness
By Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants
U-T San Diego
November 20, 2013

“It’s time to modernize our immigration system so we can effectively compete in a global economy. After all, strengthening America’s competitive advantage should be an overriding concern for those who serve us in office. As CEO of CKE Restaurants, I have firsthand knowledge of the vital role immigrants play in growing U.S. businesses, spurring innovation and creating jobs. Our broken immigration system hurts individual businesses, like ours, that create jobs and thrive on economic growth” . . . read more

What would Reagan do?
By Frank Keating, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association and former governor of Oklahoma
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2013

“Unfortunately, too many conservatives – though they aspire to walk in Reagan’s footsteps – have forgotten that immigration reform is the most Republican of causes. We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. We cannot support the unfettered exchange of goods and ideas while building razor-wired walls that separate children from their parents. We cannot make America stronger and more prosperous by excluding tomorrow’s talent and industry” . . . read more

Gap is narrowing on immigration reform
By Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce
White Mountain Independent
November 8, 2013

“For years, the business community in Arizona has been pressing Congress and the administration for a secure border, workable visa and guest worker programs, [and] nationwide employee verification programs such as E-Verify . . . Hard work will be required to get a package passed. If the House considers reform this year, job creators from across the country should welcome the opportunity to help broker a deal between the House, Senate and President Obama” . . . read more