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Utah Business Leaders Unite to Reaffirm Support for Principles of Utah Compact on Immigration

Salt Lake City, UT — On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Utah business and civic leaders will officially reaffirm their support of the Utah Compact on Immigration, a set of key principles outlining the need for smart immigration policies to drive Utah’s economy forward.

Initially adopted in 2010, the Utah Compact on Immigration includes the signatories of more than 120 prominent Utahns, including business, civic, faith, and city leaders from across the state. Signers of the Compact are committed to reforms that strengthen Utah’s economy and attract the talent and business to fill critical workforce shortages and accelerate the state’s growth. Thursday’s press conference at the Salt Lake Chamber will feature business, faith, civic and community leaders who recognize and support the positive impact immigrants bring to Utah.

WHAT: The Utah Compact on Immigration

Official reaffirmation of the Compact’s principles and discussion on the need for reform

WHO:

Derek Miller, President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber

Mike Brown, Chief of Police, Salt Lake City Police Department
Bishop Solis, Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake
Miles Hansen, President & CEO, World Trade Center
Paula Green Johnson, Board Member, United Way of Salt Lake
Natalie Gochnour, Director of Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

WHEN:

Thursday, March 21, 2019
10:00 a.m. MDT

WHERE:

Salt Lake Chamber
175 East 400 South, Suite 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

In 2010, the Utah Compact on Immigration was signed by business, law enforcement, faith, and civic leaders. The reaffirmation of these principles now signals an ongoing commitment by state leaders to advocate for immigration reforms that strengthen Utah’s economy. Local leaders across the country have also joined Utah in similar efforts. In the last few weeks, Iowa, Texas, and Florida business and community leaders have all launched Compacts on Immigration in their respective states, demonstrating a strong, bipartisan imperative to welcome immigrants and advance sensible immigration policy.

The release of the Utah Compact on Immigration comes as new data from New American Economy (NAE)’s Map the Impact shows just how much immigrant contributions add to Utah’s economy. For example, according to NAE’s analysis of the 2017 American Community Survey, immigrants in Utah paid $534.6 million in state and local taxes and held $5.3 billion in spending power that year.

New American Economy (NAE) is proud to support efforts led by Utah community leaders to reaffirm the Utah Compact on Immigration.

About the Utah Compact on Immigration

Signers of the Utah Compact on Immigration are committed to promoting common-sense immigration reforms that strengthen Utah’s economy and attract talent and business our state needs to be competitive. We urge our state leaders and national delegation to adopt these five principles to guide the immigration discussion.

About NAE

New American Economy is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization fighting for smart federal, state, and local immigration policies that help grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans. More…