Texas CEOs, University Presidents, and Lawmakers To Hold Immigration Summit in Support of Bipartisan Dream Act
AUSTIN, TEXAS — A broad coalition of more than 200 business leaders and CEOs, university presidents and elected officials will gather on Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. CT at the Texas Prospers: Keeping Our State Competitive and Prosperous through Bipartisan Dream Legislation. The summit will rally support for the passage of a bipartisan Dream Act that would protect more than 200,000 Texas Dreamers that are key to the state’s economic prosperity.
The summit will feature U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), Republican Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (retired), Chris Wallace, CEO, North Texas Commission, Thomas Mengler, President, St. Mary’s University, Glenn Hamer, CEO, Texas Association of Business, Dennis Nixon, IBC Bank CEO, Kelsey Streufert, Vice President, Texas Restaurant Association, Justin Yancy, President, Texas Business Leadership Council, and many more.
Media is invited to listen to the event. To schedule interviews with advocates or business leaders separately, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A recording of the webinar will be made available after the event.
WHAT: Texas Prospers: Keeping Our State Competitive and Prosperous through Bipartisan Dream Legislation
WHEN: Tuesday, March 16 at 10 AM CT
This event is co-hosted by the Texas Business Immigration Coalition, American Business Immigration Coalition, and Texas Opportunity Coalition, and co-sponsored by the Texas Business Leadership Council, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education & Immigration, Texas Restaurant Association, Texas Association of Business, Texas Association of Community Colleges, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, North Texas Commission, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas and The Libre Initiative.
Key facts about Texas Dreamers:
Texas is an economic powerhouse and the second largest economy in the country. The state’s prosperity depends on the hard work and entrepreneurship of 4.9 million immigrants, including over 204,000 young immigrants.
- Texas’ prosperity depends on the hard work and entrepreneurship of over 204,000 young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
- In 2019, Texas Dreamers alone contributed $963 million dollars every year in local, state and federal taxes
- With 96 percent either working or in school, Dreamers are some of our nation’s highest achieving and most talented workforce assets.
Dream Act is Popular and Bipartisan
- 63% of Texans support federal laws allowing Dreamers to stay in the U.S.
- Nationwide, 94% of Democrats, 68 % of Republicans, 71 % of conservatives ,and 64 % of Americans who voted for President Trump support permanent protections for Dreamers.
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.
A chapter of the American Business Immigration Coalition, the Texas Business Immigration Coalition 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.
The Texas Opportunity Coalition is dedicated to passing a Dream Act, a federal congressional solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We recognize the important contributions that Texas “Dreamers” have made to our state, and we welcome the opportunity to make Texas No. 1 in retaining and attracting talented Dreamers who are hard workers, entrepreneurs, and consumers.