issue

Immigration

2x

IMMIGRANTS ARE
TWICE AS LIKELY TO
START A BUSINESS AS
NATIVE-BORN
CITIZENS.

1

Million

ESTIMATED SHORTAGE OF STEM WORKERS BY 2022.

7%

RATE OF U.S. GREEN CARDS GIVEN FOR ECONOMIC REASONS

Immigrants represent 13 percent of the U.S. population and produce nearly 15 percent of our economic output.

America’s construction, agriculture, and hospitality sectors depend on low-skilled immigrant labor (particularly for seasonal jobs), while our tech, engineering, and education depend on high-skilled immigrants. Today, immigrants are driving workforce growth (critical to economic growth, as well as entitlement programs like Social Security) and new job creation.

The bad news? Most our laws governing immigration (including temporary visas) are over 30 years old. Compared with our competitors, the U.S. grants few visas based on an immigrant’s potential contribution to our economy.

Business Leaders on Immigration

Our policymakers must find a way to make our immigration system more efficient to help more companies and more families, as well as strengthen the United States and Mexico economies simultaneously.

John Kenemore, President and CEO, Battery Concepts International, Inc.,El Paso, TX

Engineering unemployment is very low, so finding the right people is difficult and at this level of unemployment leads to poaching of employees and inflationary pressures on wages.

Daniel Sterling, President, Sterling Medical Devices,Rochelle Park, NJ

For the U.S. economy to work, the U.S. immigration system has to work.

Don Herring, General Manager and Vice President, Don Herring Mitsubishi,Dallas, TX

Old-school views of the traditional manufacturing models—lower skilled workers doing the same job for decades—are no longer applicable. Our immigration policies need to allow us to have the best skilled workers to ensure the future of the United States’ economy and economic position.

Greg Norton, President, Twisted Rope,Buffalo, NY

It’s very hard to hire somebody from overseas to help in my business. I hope immigration reform will address the real challenges small businesses like mine face and improve the process for hiring temporary workers.

Ernesto Almada, Owner, Amex Lumber Wholesaler,San Antonio, TX

Enforcing our boarders is required, but simultaneously we must actively recruit the best to come to the USA.

Dan Gregory, VEO, Pos-en,Colorado Springs, CO

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