Leading Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Experts Will Discuss the Critical Need for Immigration Reform in 9 Cities Across the U.S. and Call on Congress to Act This Year.
New York, NY – New American Economy and FWD.us today launched #iCodeImmigration: Accelerating Immigration Reform, a series of events featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, and policy experts to discuss why immigration reform is critical to America’s technology and start-up sectors. Beginning in New York City, the series will move to accelerators and incubators in 8 other cities across the country, including Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boulder, Austin, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
Each event will feature a combination of entrepreneurs who have had personal challenges with the immigration system, local leaders who understand the intricacies of policy and the need for reform, and key voices from the investment and technology communities who can speak to the broader implications of inaction on future innovation. Over the two-week series, entrepreneurs and investors will add their signatures to letters urging Congress to act on immigration reform this year.
“Two weeks ago, we saw the annual H-1B visa cap reached in less than a week and watched America’s outdated immigration laws put our fastest-growing start-ups on hold,”said John Feinblatt, Chairman of New American Economy.“The message from our nation’s leading entrepreneurs is clear: pass immigration reform now or lose the world’s best talent and technologies to other countries.”
“Immigration reform is absolutely essential to ensuring our nation remains a magnet for the best and brightest who come here to grow our economy and create American jobs,”said Joe Green, President and Founder of FWD.us. “It’s well past time for House Republicans to take action on reform that will do right by American families and keep our country at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship across the globe.”
#iCodeImmigration is part of the #iAmImmigration campaign to engage sectors across the economy, including agriculture, business, and technology, to push for immigration reform this year. Learn more at www.iamimmigration.org.