NEWS FROM THE IW NETWORK                    


In June 2015, ImmigrationWorks USA released a poll assessing the public’s views of legal immigration, including a visa program for less-skilled immigrants working in physically demanding, year-round jobs. The poll revealed that many Americans harbor misconceptions about immigration – many believe that most or all immigrants are unauthorized. But once these misconceptions are dispelled, the poll found, voters have a positive view of legal immigration. The majority believe there is a need for legal immigrants and support a visa program for immigrants who do physically demanding work. 




In June 2014, ImmigrationWorks recruited 11 CEOs of brand-name national and regional companies to sign a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to act on immigration reform. The message: business leaders need a workable visa program for less-skilled immigrant workers. Signatories included the CEOs of Cargill, Coca-Cola, Tyson Foods, McDonald’s, Exelon, Loews Hotels, Choice Hotels, CKE Restaurants and Medicalodges. The letter was sent to all 435 House members and excerpted in a full-page ad in Politico




In November 2014, the White House issued a plan to address immigration – a 10-point executive action that, among other provisions, would suspend deportation orders for up to 4.5 million unauthorized immigrants. ImmigrationWorks USA issued a statement on the administration’s plan, and IW president Tamar Jacoby offered her reaction in several nationally published op-eds as well as radio and television interviews.




In February 2014, ImmigrationWorks USA cosponsored a forum in Raleigh with Rep. Renee Ellmers and a dozen of her North Carolina constituents, who described how immigration reform would affect them and their communities. Participants included a diverse group of faith leaders and employers who hire immigrants, high-skilled and low-skilled – spokesmen for Cisco, Caterpillar, Golden Corral, the NC Episcopal Diocese and a local Catholic diocese, among others.




As debate intensified in the House, ImmigrationWorks continued its series of small off-the-record dinners bringing together business leaders and members of Congress on the front lines of the debate about immigration. Among the lawmakers who have attended dinners: Sens. Michael Bennet and Mike Lee and Reps. Raul Labrador and Ted Poe. Business attendees have included executives from Washington trade associations and national corporations as well as business leaders from the members' home districts.



During the 2013 August recess, ImmigrationWorks recruited a dozen employers nationwide to publish op-ed pieces in their local newspapers. The topic: why they hire immigrant workers and what they need from immigration reform. Signatories included the president of the New Mexico Chile Association, a Colorado hotelier and the vice president of a large Texas construction firm. Together, the pieces reached more than 1.9 million readers in districts represented by lawmakers whose support will be needed to pass reform in the House.





IW author testifies, March 2015
What the WH executive order means for employers, December 2014
Business reacts to WH executive order, November 2014
IW weighs in on the deportation debate, April 2014
Republicans and Democrats search for common ground, September 2013
Event with Texas congressman, August 2013
Grassroots toolkit, summer 2013
Texas and Arizona employers ask for more worker visas, July 2013
Employers brief Republican Policy committee, July 2013
Report on less-skilled immigrant workers, June 2013
Championing less-skilled worker visas, summer 2013
CEO discusses economic benefits of reform, June 2013
Democrat and Republican discuss bipartisan lawmaking, June 2013
A survey of H-2B employers, June 2013
A series of Capitol Hill briefings, spring and summer 2013
Survey on E-Verify use in the restaurant industry, April 2013

A series of regional events for growers who rely on immigrant workers, February 2013
Capitol Hill briefing with business advocates, January and March 2013
A market-based worker visa program, fall 2012 and winter 2013
An event to discuss the significance of the Latino vote, December 2012
Agricultural op-ed campaign, fall 2012
A second regional growers' event, September 2012
Midwest collaboration and listening tour, 2011-2012
Employers and progressive lawmakers speak out, July 2012
On the case when the Supreme Court ruled, June 2012
A new report on immigration lawmaking in the states, June 2012
Brainstorming about a market-based worker visa program, May 2012
Capitol Hill briefing on fixes to the legal immigration system, April 2012
Testifying in the states, Winter 2012
North Carolina H-2A event, February 2012
A toolkit for the 2012 state legislative sessions, February 2012
A symposium on reframing the immigration debate, January 2012
Can state lawmakers help employers hire legal immigrants? Winter 2012
A step-by-step approach to fixing the legal immigration system, Fall 2011
State champions of better law bring their message to Washington, July 2011
IW report on immigration lawmaking in the states, July 2011
Working with business coalitions in battleground states, 2011
A survey of H-2B employers, April 2011
A economic study refuting myths about the H-2B program, November 2010
A new report on threatened Arizona copycat laws, October 2010
Capitol Hill employer briefing, May 2010
IW poll on immigration, Spring 2010
IW holds it fourth annual summit, August 2010
IW and its affiliates make their voices heard campaign, Spring 2010
IW New York launches petition drive, February 2010
Business working group, 2009
IW participates in the debate on immigration reform, Summer 2009
IW recess campaign, Summer 2009
IW National Summit, June 2009
IW Atlanta Summit, September 2008
IW report on state legislative activity in 2008
Changing the conversation in Arizona
Hand-to-hand combat in Georgia



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November 4, 2014
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September 9, 2014
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September 7, 2014
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