Big business to vouch for undocumented workers

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As the nation’s proposed immigration reforms continue to stir the political pot, an unexpected addition to the bubbling stew hopes to make it boil over.

As recently reported in The Charlotte Observer, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is joining forces with CEOS all over the country to put policies in place that will allow the nation’s approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants to pursue a path to citizenship and be able to legally join the work force. The coalition, called the Partnership for a New American Economy, also plans to improve technology to prevent illegal immigration and penalize companies that purposely set out to attract and hire illegal immigrants.

"We're just going to keep the pressure on the congressmen," Murdoch said. "I think we can show to the public the benefits of having migrants and the jobs that go with them."

Bloomberg added, "Somebody has to lead and explain to the country why this is in our interest."

The CEOs said Thursday in statements that their companies - and the nation - depend on immigrants.

"It's our great strength as a nation, and it's also critical for continued economic growth," Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger said in a statement. "To remain competitive in the 21st century, we need effective immigration reform that invites people to contribute to our shared success by building their own American dream."

The group says it intends to make its point to policymakers by "publishing studies, conducting polls, convening forums and paying for public education campaigns."

Supporters of this approach to immigration reform have reason to be optimistic, despite the fact that an unfavorable political climate has prompted other established immigrant advocacy groups to redirect their efforts towards serving a narrower portion of the illegal immigrant population, as reported by the Spanish-language newspaper Mi Gente.  Agencies such as America’s Voice, the National Council of La Raza,  and Reform Immigration for America met last Friday in Washington and decided it would be in their best interest to pursue projects such as the Dream Act and AgJobs, which would benefit about 2.5 million undocumented individuals.

As for Charlotte-specific immigration reform, Mi Gente also report that at the 78th Annual Conference of Mayors, held a few weeks ago in Oklahoma, Mayor Anthony Foxx

…no confirmó si dio su apoyo

a las resoluciones pero afirmó que “apoya una

reforma migratoria integral que involucre todos

los asuntos”

Translation: … he did not confirm his support for these measures, but affirmed that he “supports comprehensive immigration reform which involves all issues”

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