Immigration & Workforce — Policy on Tap

Presented by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and the American Business Immigration Coalition

Thank you for joining us this evening for Policy On Tap and our panel discussion on the importance of immigration to our workforce.

The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) is a bipartisan coalition of 1,500+ diverse businesses and business associations which provides a strong and effective voice seeking sensible immigration reforms to grow our economy, create jobs, ease the labor shortage, and strengthen families.

ABIC Carolinas, led by State Director Yahel Flores, engages hundreds of leaders of business, education, advocacy, and philanthropy, contributing their voice and support to our campaigns to win policies and protections that benefit all Carolinians.

Our Key Partners include: 

  • Replacements, Ltd. – McLeansville, NC
  • Ric Elias – CEO of Red Ventures
  • Novant Health – Winston-Salem, NC 
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce – Asheville, NC
  • John Oswald, business leader – Asheville, NC
  • Tri-Hishtil – Mills River, NC
  • Isabela Lujan – Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Realty
  • And many more

One of ABIC’s current national initiatives, which has tremendous potential to help alleviate the labor shortages faced by North Carolina industries, is our Here To Work campaign. We and more than 70 partners are urging the Biden Administration to allow state governments to request work permits for new migrants as well as long-term undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. This solution would address labor shortages, help bring down inflation, and provide work permits to immigrants who have long contributed to our economy.

Our sign-on letter already has 130 signatures from business leaders across the country. Read the letter here and add your name if you would like to show your support!

Employer Letter to President Biden – Let States Sponsor Immigrants To Meet Their Work Needs 

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Here To Work Summit

Our efforts will culminate this November when more than 5,000 employers and 70+ nonprofit partners gather in Washington, DC for our Here To Work Summit. Together, we will join the chorus of Republican and Democratic Governors, hundreds of employers, and more to urge the Biden Administration and Congress to take urgent action to address workforce shortages, strengthen immigrant families and grow our economic competitiveness.

For more information or to join our Here To Work Summit, contact Yahel Flores, Carolinas State Director, at

About Yahel Flores

Yahel is a DACA recipient born in CD Juarez Chihuahua and raised in Winston Salem, NC. He has been a multisport athlete and founder of several businesses to self-fund his education while attending Guilford College, where he was active with Soy Un Lider conference and Hispanos Unidos De Guilford. In 2021, Yahel was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, and in 2022 to the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force. He is a 2023 LatinxEd Fellow and one of the Triad Business Journal’s 20 In Their 20’s.