Business agrees with labor: Congress needs to get back to work on Immigration Reform

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MONDAY, SEPT. 9

Contact: Khanh Weinberg / 408.921.0098

SILICON VALLEY BUSINESSES JOIN COMMUNITY AND LABOR LEADERS TO URGE CONGRESS TO “GET BACK TO WORK” ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

Coalition presents new county-specific data showing local economic boost from comprehensive immigration reform: Santa Clara County to add more than 7,600 new jobs by 2020

Mountain View, CA – As Congress returns to Washington, D.C. Monday following the summer recess, a coalition of local business, faith, civil rights, community and labor groups will call on House members to put immigration reform with a path to citizenship at the top of the agenda this session. The event in Santa Clara County is one of nine across California, where a diverse coalition of allies will urge Congress to help turn our economy around by “getting back to work” to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

At Monday’s community forum in Mountain View, the coalition will share new county data showing immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship will provide a significant boost to the Santa Clara County economy and create jobs. The event will feature a 30-minute panel discussion from participants including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View, a law firm that works with small immigrant businesses and others.

A recent 10-county economic assessment by the Regional Models Economic, Inc. showed Santa Clara County, which is home to approximately 6.26% of the state’s total undocumented population, would have a $160 million gain by 2014 in Gross County Product and $623 million in 2020.

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would help the economy in local communities flourish by drawing on the skills, talents and economic input of every Californian. But House Republican leaders have so far ignored the strong majority of Americans who support a comprehensive approach, refusing to bring a reform bill forward for a vote.

What: Coalition of business, community and labor discuss economic benefits of immigration reform; call on Congress to pass legislation with path to citizenship
When: 12 P.M. Noon – Monday, Sept. 9
Where: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA 94040

Participants include:
Alison Ascher Webber, Building Skills Partnership, Associate Director
Manuel Santamaria, Grantmaking Director, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Oscar Garcia, President/ CEO, Chamber of Commerce Mountain View
Christine M. Pham, Attorney at the Jaurigue Law Group
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
SEIU-USWW & SEIU Local 521

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