Businesses Need More Immigrants

A prior post discussed U.S. farmers’ need for more immigration. Businesses too are recognizing that same need. One example is in Texas.[1]

In late February over 50 Texas companies and chambers of commerce formed the Texans for Economic Growth Coalition, which is “dedicated to recognizing and supporting the positive impact immigrants have on the Texas economy as business owners, taxpayers, and consumers.”

This Coalition immediately partnered with the Texas Business Immigration Coalition and the Texas Business Leadership Council to release the Texas Compact on Immigration, that stated, “”We are committed to promoting common-sense immigration reforms that strengthen our economy and attract talent and business to our state.”  One of their goals is “to head off bills that would punish immigrants and hurt the economy. . . . Another goal is to make a persuasive case on the economic value of immigration.”

Another bipartisan national pro-immigration group, New American Economy, which was founded by Michael Bloomberg, voiced its support of the Texas coalition, saying that the Compact was voicing “why immigrant-friendly policies will help ensure the ongoing vitality of Texas’ economy.”

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[1]  Texans for Economic Growth; Texas Compact on Immigration; Schnurman, Why Texas businesses are fighting for more immigrants, StarTribune p. K1 (Mar. 24, 2019); New Business Coalition, Texans for Economic Growth, and Texas Immigration Coalition Launch Texas Compact on Immigration, New American Economy (Feb. 26, 2019).