The Globe and Mail
March 17, 2013
Ask nearly any U.S. business executive about the country’s immigration system and the response is often a personal experience that demonstrates their dissatisfaction with a process they consider either creaky or broken.
Now, for the first time in decades, there is a unique chance to enact a substantive overhaul of that system – and businesses are determined not to let the opportunity slide. They’re mobilizing to influence lawmakers and sway public opinion, making them a key force in what promises to be a delicate debate.
Among the groups agitating for broad reform is the Partnership for a New American Economy, which was founded three years ago by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and counts the chief executive officers of such firms as News Corp., Boeing Co., and Microsoft Corp. among its co-chairs. More than 500 CEOs and mayors from across the country have signed on to the campaign.