IW GRASSROOTS UPDATE

November 8, 2013

MAKING THE CASE TO ELECTED OFFICIALS


CEOs strategize with President Obama
November 5, 2013

Business executives met with President Obama in the White House to discuss what employers can do to encourage House Republicans to take up reform. One meeting was attended by CEOs, a second by trade association executives. Attendees included CEOs of McDonald’s, Motorola Solutions, State Farm and Marriott. Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown: “This issue remains a top priority for the business community and will drive economic growth” . . . read more

Small business owners meet with lawmakers in Washington
November 5, 2013

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce brought executives from 50 small and medium-sized businesses to Washington to meet with lawmakers. Healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality employers visited close to 60 House and Senate offices. Ludlum Measurements Inc. vice president of sales, marketing and business development Mick Truitt described his frustration with the current immigration system: “Here we are trying to grow jobs in the U.S. and we hit a roadblock” . . . read more

REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS

Minnesota Chamber issues report on the economics of immigration
November 6, 2013

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce published a report on the economic benefits of immigration. The 60-page study argued that immigrant workers are valuable human capital that can boost the Minnesota economy: “Localized costs should not overshadow the significant and critical benefits immigrants provide to Minnesota and the United States through their roles as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and taxpayers” . . . read more

IN THE MEDIA

U.S. business needs immigration reform
By Wes Blumenshine, General Counsel of Caterpillar Financial and Deputy General Counsel of Caterpillar Inc.
Times Free Press
November 5, 2013

“We need safe borders, we need to change the laws for both highly skilled and low-skilled workers and we need a path forward for the millions of undocumented immigrants who live in the United States today. We need a way to retain the skilled workers who graduate from our universities and those who want to come here and work for American companies. They will create American jobs, pay taxes and participate in our economy” . . . read more

Bring on more immigrant entrepreneurs
By Shayan Zadeh, co-founder and CEO of Zoosk
Wall Street Journal
November 5, 2013

“Granting legal status to illegal immigrants alone would create 121,000 jobs per year over the next 10 years according to the Center for American Progress. The U.S. economy would grow by $1.4 trillion over the next 20 years if the Senate’s proposed immigration-reform legislation was adopted, according to the Congressional Budget Office. I’m baffled by the fact that we are turning away the skilled masses that are hungry only for work, even as our economy remains stagnant” . . . read more

Reform essential to Texas economic health
By Bill Hammond, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Business
Austin-American Statesman
November 3, 2013

“Our broken immigration system is holding us back on all parts of the labor spectrum. Studies show that where immigrants settle, new businesses and new jobs follow. To compete with many other countries for the best and brightest talent in the world, we need to be attractive to inventors and investors to keep our competitive advantage” . . . read more

Need for strategic immigration policy critical
By Ronald Langston, principal of Langston Global Enterprises LLC
Des Moines Register
November 5, 2013

“The nation desperately needs a strategic immigration policy. The business paradigm must avoid limiting the free movement of talent across borders. These are the individuals the nation should be embracing and then attracting as citizens as we engage and train our citizens with the skills needed for global competition” . . . read more

The immigration system is broke; let’s fix it
By Ben Jung, owner of Ingersoll Wine and Spirits and vice president of the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit
Business Record
November 1, 2013

“We are losing potential talented, hard-working employees who simply want a fair chance at legally working in the United States. The solution to a stronger economy is simple: The current immigration system must be repaired without delay. In order to create more jobs, be competitive and secure our future, this issue cannot be ignored” . . . read more