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....

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,...

Business Forward Advisory Board Leads on Diversity & Inclusion

Business leaders explain why tolerance is good for business WASHINGTON, D.C. — Business Forward announced an expansion of its Advisory Board on Inclusion this week. More than 7,000 business leaders have signed on to support efforts to promote tolerance in the workplace, and 230 entrepreneurs, investors, executives, and small business owners have now volunteered to create Business Forward’s Advisory Board on Inclusion. Download Business Forward’s second report from its Advisory Board on...

Business Leaders Tell Washington Intolerance is Bad for Business

More than 7,000 business leaders tell Washington to end religious discrimination With a Supreme Court decision on the “Muslim Ban” expected in this month, business leaders from across the country want Washington to know that intolerance is bad for business. In a joint statement organized by Business Forward, more than 7,000 business leaders said: “Intolerance isn’t just wrong — it’s bad for business. Yet Washington continues to push rhetoric and policies that target immigrants and...

America’s business leaders explain the cost of President Trump’s Muslim Ban

We founded Business Forward eight years ago with a simple idea: Business can leaders fix Washington if we bring Washington to them. Since then, we’ve helped more than 100,000 local business leaders brief mayors, governors, Members of Congress, cabinet members, and senior White House staff. These local leaders have made the business case for free trade, clean energy, sensible tax reform, smarter immigration laws, infrastructure investment, paid leave, and affordable health care. This past...

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...

What Business Leaders are Saying: Creating Welcoming Economies

Later this week, I will join business and community leaders from across the country for a series of meetings in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted by Welcoming Economies. We will discuss how welcoming new immigrants has helped drive economic development and examine best practices for encouraging immigrants to choose a city as their new home. Before I go, I’d appreciate any advice you have – for other cities, businesses, or organizations – on what you’ve seen work well to attract immigrants to...

Business Leaders Tell Washington Intolerance is Bad for Business

More than 5,000 business leaders tell Washington to end religious discrimination WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a Supreme Court decision on the “Muslim Ban” expected in this month, business leaders from across the country want Washington to know that intolerance is bad for business. In a joint statement organized by Business Forward, 5,000 business leaders said: “Intolerance isn’t just wrong — it’s bad for business. Yet Washington continues to push rhetoric and policies that target...

Business Leaders Tell Washington Intolerance is Bad for Business

More than 5,000 business leaders tell Washington to end religious discrimination With a Supreme Court decision on the “Muslim Ban” expected in this month, business leaders from across the country want Washington to know that intolerance is bad for business. In a joint statement organized by Business Forward, 5,000 business leaders said: “Intolerance isn’t just wrong — it’s bad for business. Yet Washington continues to push rhetoric and policies that target immigrants and Muslims....

American CEOs say foreign tourism is experiencing the “Trump slump”

Tourism from other countries is a one of America’s largest exports, but business was down by 3 million annual visits last year. Travel industry executives call it the “Trump slump.” Foreign tourism is America’s $236 billion export, supporting 2.5 million U.S. jobs. Foreigners spend $100 billion more each year visiting the U.S. than they spend importing our crops, meats, and dairy. They spend nearly five times more visiting the U.S. than they spend buying our movies, software, video...