Small Business Leaders Urge Senators to Move Immigration Debate Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 11
CONTACT: Joshua Welter, jwelter[at]mainstreetalliance[dot]org

SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS URGE SENATORS TO MOVE IMMIGRATION DEBATE FORWARD IN FIRST FLOOR VOTES TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Main Street small business owners urge Senators to support motion to proceed to debate on Gang of Eight immigration package

Seattle, WA—With first floor votes on the bi-partisan Gang of Eight’s immigration package scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. Senate, the Main Street Alliance released the following statements from small business owners on developments in the immigration debate:

David Borris, owner of Hel’s Kitchen Catering in Northbrook, Illinois:

“This is a critical juncture in the immigration debate, and a critical moment for small businesses. Across America, Main Street small business owners are counting on Congress to enact economy-boosting immigration reform this year. Voting to open the floor debate on the Gang of Eight package in the Senate is the next step to bring this about.

“Small businesses want immigration reform, and we need it to be about more than filling jobs. We need it to be about creating jobs and boosting customer demand in local economies across America. The bi-partisan bill that came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 13-5 vote takes major strides to advance these priorities. We urge every member of the U.S. Senate to vote yes to bring this bill to the floor for debate.”

Sankalp Trivedi, owner of Mausam Indian Cuisine, with locations in Montclair and Secaucus, New Jersey:

“The momentum is building for immigration reform that modernizes our immigration process for the 21st century, and that’s good news for small businesses.

“Small business owners support a comprehensive approach to modernizing our immigration laws. In scientific polling released this spring, two-thirds of small business owners support comprehensive reform with a roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans. Most important, that support holds across party affiliation. If small business owners across party lines can get together on fixing our immigration process, then so should our Senators.

“Immigration reform has big potential to boost small businesses and local economies. Every Senator, even those who want to see improvements to this bill, should vote to bring it up for a free and fair debate. It’s time to move forward with common sense solutions on immigration. We’re expecting our Senators to stand with small businesses today and vote to move the debate forward.”

More resources:
Scientific polling of small businesses on immigration reform
Main Street Alliance small business principles for immigration reform

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