IW UPDATE - BUSINESS GRASSROOTS 
August 8, 2013
 
AUGUST RECESS CAMPAIGN

FWD.us kicks off ad campaign featuring a Dreamer
August 8, 2013

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's political advocacy group, Fwd.us, is launching a national advertising campaign featuring an unauthorized immigrant. Alejandro Morales was brought to the U.S. when he was seven months old. He joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in high school, earning the rank of cadet brigadier general, but cannot serve in the military because of his immigration status. The ad will appear on the web and on cable TV in major media markets across the country . . . read more

National Association of Manufacturers launches radio ad campaign
August 7, 2013

The National Association of Manufacturers launched a national radio advertising campaign calling immigration reform “the pathway to the American Dream." The 60-second spots are scheduled to run for two to three weeks in key media markets in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. NAM senior vice president of external relations Ned Monroe announced the campaign: "Commonsense immigration reform is critically important because it provides the skilled workers manufacturers need, and it is simply the right thing to do" . . . read more

EVENTS AND SPEECHES

Facebook CEO makes rare public statement in support of reform
August 5, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg attended the San Francisco debut screening of Jose Antonio Vargas' documentary film, "Documented," and spoke out in favor of reform. Zuckerberg's message: "This is something we believe is really important for the future of our country" . . . read more

MAKING THE CASE TO ELECTED OFFICIALS

Western Growers Association joins California representatives for Capitol Hill panel
August 1, 2013

Representatives of the Western Growers Association and Regional Economic Models, Inc. joined California Reps. Jeff Denham and Tony Cardenas for a panel discussion on Capitol Hill. Following the event, REMI released a report demonstrating that immigration reform will create jobs and enhance economic productivity. According to Frederick Treyz, one of the authors of the study, "There is a need for expanded visa programs for both high-skilled and lesser-skilled workers – elements of reform that would also lead to additional U.S. economic growth" . . . read more

FWD.us and the Illinois Technology Association host immigration roundtable

July 26, 2013

FWD.us and the Illinois Technology Association hosted an immigration roundtable in Chicago. Attendees included Rep. Bill Foster and executives from Groupon, Match.com, OK Cupid, SocialKaty and Georama, among other tech and business leaders. Their message: "Comprehensive immigration reform spurs economic growth and creates American jobs" . . . read more

Arizona business leaders attend roundtable with Rep. Trent Franks
August 6, 2013

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable meeting to persuade Rep. Trent Franks of the urgency of immigration reform. Attendees included local business owners, faith leaders and law enforcement officials. "Immigration reform is a vital issue for Arizona agriculture," said Joe Sigg, government relations director for the Arizona Farm Bureau. "This is an issue that is as large as it is local" . . . read more

IN THE MEDIA

U.S. travel industry supports immigration reform
By Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott
Washington Post

August 1, 2013

"Streamlining the legal channels for entering this country and joining the U.S. workforce would provide a serious boost to productivity. The legal immigration system must function sufficiently to help us fill jobs that Americans are unwilling or unable to fill, or it will handicap our growth indefinitely" . . . read more

Immigration reform will provide certainty for restaurant industry and our economy
By Philip J. Hickey, Jr., chairman, National Restaurant Association
The Hill

August 2, 2013

"The National Restaurant Association is promoting and supporting comprehensive immigration reform that will bring certainty to America's workers and employers. What Congress really needs to do is to work as hard on achieving immigration reform as those of us in the restaurant industry work on making sure our operations succeed" . . . read more

Welcoming the hard-working stranger
By Lou Weiss, carpet salesman in Pittsburgh
Wall Street Journal

August 7, 2013

"Our efforts to rid the yard of [weeds] led us to draft several local teenagers, family members and friends. But even at $15 an hour, they were not that great. Finally a friend recommended a young man named Angel. It turned out [he] is Honduran – and he was in urgent need of an immigration lawyer . . . . Based on my community's experience with Angel and his family and friends, welcoming the stranger is the economically smart and morally right thing to do" . . . read more

Immigration reform would extend the American Dream
By Dick Rivera, chairman and CEO, Rubicon Enterprises
Tampa Tribune

July 25, 2013

"The link between our growing economy and immigration is undeniable. That's why, as a Florida businessman for the past 16 years, I support the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform" . . . read more

Senate immigration bill good for business
By Tom Klein, president, Sabre Holdings
Austin American-Statesman

August 5, 2013

"The national and local immigration reform debate has primarily focused on border security and the possibility of legalization for millions of undocumented individuals currently living in the U.S. However, the debate has failed to emphasize the importance of legal immigration reforms that would strengthen our economy and U.S. competitiveness in international markets" . . . read more

Time's up, Congress. Pass immigration reform now
By Bob Terry, owner, Fisher Farms
Hillsboro Argus

August 1, 2013

"The immigration system is broken and is holding us back from economic recovery. The biggest losers in the current system are small businesses that are already struggling to survive" . . . read more