by Matt Landers, Public Policy & Communications Manager
| Feb 09, 2018
GSBA was invited to add our names to this letter by our partners at OneAmerica and the National Immigration Forum. We proudly added our name in support and urge our members and colleagues in the business community to join us.
Dear Members of Congress:
We the undersigned business leaders write to support immigration policies that strengthen and keep families together. As Congress considers a legislative solution to address the situation of undocumented individuals who were brought to American as young children, we urge you to keep the solution as narrow as possible.
We gratefully contribute to the economy and help create jobs. We are committed to ensuring that the U.S. economy remains the strongest in the nation. We support having a robust process to ensure that we have an immigration system that meets our nation’s 21st century needs that is separate from the issue of the DACA recipients. While we support the current effort to fix our immigration system, we urge Congress to maintain policies that strengthen families.
We value our American and immigrant workers. Our workers are the backbone of our companies and without them we cannot run our businesses and fully compete. We need to be able to recruit and retain talented and qualified employees so that we can continue to grow the American economy. We also need to be able to compete with other companies, including those in other countries.
For businesses that recruit potential employees from other countries, we believe that they see their ability to bring their families with them as an added benefit and helps with our recruiting. At a time when we compete with other countries for talent, we cannot afford to lose out because our immigration policies are more restrictive.
Immigration policies that allow families to stay together are beneficial to our country. Family based immigration accounts for about two-thirds of the total number of immigrants who come to the U.S. each year. Family-based immigrants bring different levels of work skills but in recent years almost half (48 percent) of recent immigrants had a college degree. Family members can help immigrants integrate and navigate the job search process allowing them to enter the workforce more quickly. We know that our employees who have family support are better, more reliable employees.
We thank you for your service to our country and are ready to work with you to pursue immigration policies that benefit employers and American workers.
Thank you for your consideration.
Azusa Pacific University
Chase Marketing Group
Chinese Community Center Inc.
Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association
Greater Seattle Business Association
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
ICN Foundation of Grand Rapids
Idaho Dairyman's Association
North Bay Leadership Council
NYS Restaurant Association
Salt Lake Chamber
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce
SC Test Prep
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Texas Border Coalition
University of the Southwest Whitworth University