IW GRASSROOTS UPDATE

December 6, 2013


CORPORATE LEADERS AND NATIONAL GROUPS

CEOs list immigration reform as top priority
November 24, 2013

A conference of more than 100 CEOs voted immigration reform as their Number One policy priority for the upcoming year. Executives at The Wall Street Journal’s annual CEO Council agreed that immigration reform is critical for U.S. competitiveness and the “future of capitalism.” Among the companies represented: American Airlines, Kindred Healthcare, CVS and FedEx. The participating CEOs lead companies that generate more than $2 trillion each year and employ more than five million workers . . . read more

LOCAL SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES

Colorado business owners push for reform on press call
November 28, 2013

Business representatives from all of Colorado’s 64 counties held a telephonic press conference in support of immigration reform. Among the industries represented: healthcare, agriculture, energy and tourism. Bonnie Peterson, executive director of Club 20, a business coalition based in western Colorado, drove home their message: “[Immigration] is a business issue, it’s a jobs issue and we need to do something to address it” . . . read more

New Jersey small business alliance issues report on benefits of reform
November 26, 2013

The New Jersey Main Street Alliance published a report on the economic benefits of immigration. A survey by the Main Street Alliance and American Sustainable Business Council found that 58 percent of small business owners from the Northeast support an immigration deal that includes a path to citizenship. Their bottom line: “For every month our representatives continue to delay immigration reform, it costs New Jersey $149 million in economic activity and 1,595 jobs” . . . read more

Colorado and New Mexico farmers meet with officials to discuss reform
November 22, 2013

A group of farmers from Colorado and New Mexico met with officials to complain about government gridlock and promote immigration reform. Representatives of both of Colorado’s U.S. Senators attended the meeting. Rocky Ford farmer Michael Hirakata explained what he wants from immigration reform: “We would have more availability to pull more laborers out of Mexico rather than be restrained by the H-2A system” . . . read more

IN THE MEDIA

Sensible immigration reform would mean 7,200 jobs annually in N.J.
By Robert D. Prunetti, president and CEO of the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce
Times of Trenton
November 29, 2013

“The data that demonstrate that immigration reform is the path for growth is extensive. They reaffirm what we already know: During each of our nation’s growth periods . . . smart immigration policies enabled the U.S. to lead the world in growth and economic prosperity. Now, in the age of technology and global economy, where competition is fierce and barriers to enter the global marketplace with new products are less onerous, we must once again open our country and our markets to the initiative, ingenuity and expertise of immigrants” . . . read more

Time is now to act on immigration reform
By Deborah K. Stearns, chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle
Inside Business
November 27, 2013

“Immigration reform is a complex, difficult issue, but improving our high-skilled immigration system is a no brainer. If done correctly, this legislation could go a long way toward closing the STEM worker gap, giving businesses access to needed talent and making America more competitive. Congress should improve on the progress it’s made with the Skills Act and pass immigration reform legislation that ensures America’s place as the world's leader in innovation and economic competitiveness” . . . read more