Business Forward Report on Higher Education Cites Negative Impact of Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

January 31, 2019 CONTACT: Tony Baker tbaker@businessfwd.org 310-593-3680 Business Forward Report on Higher Education Cites Negative Impact of Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Washington, DC – Business Forward Foundation released an updated report, The “Trump Slump” in Higher Ed,  that demonstrates how the Trump administration’s cuts to work visa programs and negative rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims, and Mexicans are discouraging international students from enrolling in American universities....

Statement by Business Forward on the Continuing ‘Trump Slump’ in Higher Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 13, 2018) – Statement on the release of the Institute of International Education 2018 Open Doors report by Business Forward President Jim Doyle: “The ‘Trump slump’ in higher education is continuing because international students feel less safe and welcome in the U.S. Nearly 7 percent fewer international students began studies in 2017-18 versus the prior year. That’s bad news for American universities, students, and the economy. International students pay...

Business Forward Report: ‘Trump Slump’ in Higher Ed, $40 Billion Services Export at Risk

Enrollment is down at many colleges and universities because foreigners feel less safe and welcome in U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C. — As colleges and universities begin fall classes, there will be fewer foreign students on many campuses, according to the findings of a Business Forward Foundation report released today. The report, “The ‘Trump Slump’ In Higher Ed,” outlines how growing intolerance is reducing foreign enrollment and hurting America’s colleges and universities, college towns,...

The Quiet Midwest Movement for Inclusion

In America’s heartland, “there is this quiet movement of folks who have come to the conclusion that immigrants can be a real catalyst for…the revitalization of cities and a competitive advantage,” said Welcoming Economies Global Network Co-Chair Steve Tobocman in a recent briefing with Business Forward’s national business leader network. “When regional economic development plans align with the assets that immigrants bring…that’s when we see change,” Tobocman, who also...

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado on Opportunities for Reform

Business Forward hosted Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado yesterday for a briefing with our national network of entrepreneurs, investors, senior executives, and small business owners. Senator Bennet, who previously served as the superintendent of Denver schools, discussed education reform, immigration, and other issues facing the Senate. Below are some of the key takeaways from the discussion. On college: We’ve made college so unaffordable that I’ve got kids showing up at my town...
I have experienced firsthand how our antiquated immigration system stifles business.

Roche: As Washington Fights about Budgets, Immigration Opportunity for Common Ground

As Congress and the White House look for ways to pass a new budget and avoid yet another government shutdown, leaders in both parties are searching for common ground. They should start with providing permanent protection for Dreamers and finish by modernizing our antiquated immigration rules. Late last year, I was proud to join more than 800 CEOs from the tech, manufacturing, financial services, and other industries across the country in calling on President Trump to leave DACA in place. The...

An update on our work

It’s been a year since President Trump’s election, and I have been reflecting on what has changed and how we at Business Forward have adapted. I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on our work. First, business leader engagement is up. For eight years, our mission has been to “help local business leaders fix Washington by bringing Washington to them.” Naturally, we worried dysfunction here in Washington this past year would depress interest. We were wrong. By every measure,...

Hundreds of Business Leaders Urge Trump to Protect Dreamers

Hundreds of executives from across the country are calling on President Trump to leave the Deferred Action for Childhood Action (DACA) program in place.The President is considering ending the program, which protects nearly 800,000 Dreamers from deportation.By registering with the federal government, these individuals, who are undocumented and were brought here as children, are able to legally work, study, and participate in their communities. The business leaders, including the co-founders of...

How might immigration reform affect the economy? These Texas business leaders weigh in.

With the announcement of new border security measures, some business leaders see a window for movement on more comprehensive changes to the nation’s immigration laws. More than 40 small business owners, executives, investors, and entrepreneurs from Texas shared their views about immigration reform with Business Forward.  Many share their difficulties verifying potential employees’ eligibility to work. Others speak about their troubles finding U.S.-born workers with appropriate skills....

Bipartisan Businesses Leaders Urge Congress to Break Immigration Impasse

Three of America’s most influential business leaders, Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates may disagree on politics, but they do agree on one thing: immigration reform is vital for the growth and competitiveness of the U.S. economy. The three businessmen argue in the New York Times that Congress must pass immigration legislation that advances America’s humanity and self-interest, including our economic interests. “People willing to invest in America and create jobs deserve the...