The leaders of five major organizations representing business and agriculture held a press conference in Washington, D.C. on July 9th to promote a “Day of Action” for immigration reform. Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif delivered remarks that focused on the need for Congress to act on immigration reform and asked “Where have all the statesmen gone?”
Nassif joined Thomas J. Donohue, president & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (pictured far right); John Engler, president, Business Roundtable and former Michigan governor (pictured second from right); Jay Timmons, president & CEO; National Association of Manufacturers (pictured second from left); and John Stineman, Partnership for a New American Economy (not pictured) for the press conference.
In addition to the press conference in Washington, D.C., local events in more than 60 key congressional districts spanning 25 states were also held in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The events were designed to demonstrate support from several business industries and sectors spanning numerous geographic boundaries for modernizing our country’s immigration laws.
Social media channels, such as Twitter, were also abuzz with fact-based tweets containing the tracking hashtag -- #ActOnImmigration -- focusing on the economic impact immigration reform would bring to the country.
In California, some of the sponsored events were media calls focused on the districts of members of Congress such as Darrell Issa, Ken Calvert and Doug LaMalfa and featured representatives from Western Growers, state and local employer organizations, state farm bureaus, and local businesses and industry leaders.
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