North Carolina CEOs and Dreamers Hold Panel Urging Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr to Support DREAM Act

Hugh McColl, BofA retired Chairman and CEO, Ric Elias, Red Ventures CEO, and Novant Health Chief Community Impact Officer Dr. Phil Brown and local Dreamers join discussion

Charlotte, NC — With a ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen expected any day that could end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), North Carolina Dreamers are partnering with CEOs to urge Sens. Tillis and Burr to support the bipartisan Durbin-Graham DREAM Act of 2021. “Boosting North Carolina’s Economy Through the Bipartisan Durbin-Graham DREAM Act” will take place on Saturday, July 10 from 3:20 to 4 p.m. EST as part of this year’s virtual Golden Door Scholar annual summit. Media is invited to cover the event. See below for registration details. 

Dreamers who are also part of the Golden Door Scholars program will share their stories of what it means to be Americans in all but paper — studying, working and supporting the economy. Business leaders will discuss the economic benefits of providing a path to citizenship to the more than 30,000 DACA-eligible individuals who live in North Carolina. Dreamers in the state pay nearly $140 million in state and federal taxes, and have a combined spending power of $500 million, boosting businesses big and small as we recover from the pandemic.

Panelists include:

  • Hugh McColl, Bank of America Retired Chairman and CEO
  • Ric Elias, CEO of Red Ventures, a platform of growing digital companies headquartered just south of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dr. Phil Brown, Novant Health Chief Community Impact Officer
  • Golden Door Scholars Itzel Juarez, Cesar Bautista, and Vrinda*
  • Rebecca Shi, American Business Immigration Coalition Executive Director (moderator)

*Please do not use Vrinda’s full name to protect her privacy.

DETAILS

WHAT: “Boosting North Carolina’s Economy Through the Bipartisan Durbin-Graham DREAM Act” Virtual Panel

WHEN: Saturday, July 10 from 3:20 to 4 p.m. EST

HOW TO VIEW: Click here to attend. Passcode: 574400

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ABOUT GOLDEN DOOR SCHOLARS

Golden Door Scholars is a nonprofit founded in 2013 to invest in education and career access for high-performing DACA students. GDS currently supports 276 students enrolled at over 100 colleges and an additional 189 scholars who have earned their degrees and are in graduate programs or working in highly technical roles at companies including Samsung, Oracle, and Red Ventures. Learn more at www.goldendoorscholars.org.

ABOUT ABIC OF THE CAROLINAS

The Carolinas Chapter of the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) promotes sensible immigration reform that supports the economy of The Carolinas by providing American companies with both the high-skilled and “low-skilled” talent they need, and allow the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens. 

ABOUT ABIC

The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) promotes commonsense immigration reform that advances economic competitiveness, provides companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens.

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