Main Street Alliance of Oregon leaders say comprehensive approach best for businesses and economy, release small business principles for immigration reform.
Jose Gonzalez, owner of Tu Casa Real Estate in
“A comprehensive immigration package with a path to earned citizenship is more than smart politics – it’s smart economics, and it’s the right move for small businesses and the economy. Comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship would expand our GDP by an estimated $1.5 trillion over 10 years. That’s nearly twice the GDP growth of reform without a path to citizenship. Our out-of-date and out-of-touch immigration policies are getting in the way of rebuilding the economy. It’s time to fix this problem now, this year.”
Mark Gabriel of Advanced Chiropractic in
“As an immigrant business owner who came to the
Jim Gilbert owner of Northwoods Nursery in Molalla.
“Small businesses need immigration reform that promotes productivity and reduces red tape. That means avoiding putting time-consuming administrative and enforcement responsibilities on the shoulders of small business owners. It also means fixing the broken laws that divide families. In a small business, we’re like a family and we recognize that what happens at home affects morale and focus at work. When an employee’s family is torn apart by our broken immigration laws, it hurts productivity and that’s bad for business. Immigration reform that keeps families together will protect productivity and let us focus on what we do best – serving our customers and creating jobs.”