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Local leaders call for immigration reform in National Day of Action with events across all 50 states
COLUMBIA, SC — Today, local leaders from South Carolina came together in Charleston and Columbia for a Day of Action to showcase new research on immigration contributions in South Carolina and highlight the critical need for immigration reform. Press conferences were held in both the Lowcountry and Midlands featuring key industry leaders. Similar press events took place in all 50 states today, sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy(NAE).
The Reason for Reform effort is the next step in a years-long campaign bringing together state business, civic, and cultural leaders to urge Congress to take much needed action on immigration reform. Today’s Day of Action events coincide with the release of a new research, including data on the foreign-born population in South Carolina, their tax contributions, their spending power, and their role in South Carolina’s key industries as leaders and job creators. Today, NAE is also launching a new mobile tool that lets users make a video telling their Reason for Reform. Videos will be sent directly to Congress. Check out the tool here.
“For several years, our Association has been one of the leading voices in our state supporting comprehensive immigration reform,” said John Durst, President and CEO of the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association. “As our state’s tourism industry continues to grow, so does the need for more workers in our industry,” he added.
The Contributions of New Americans in South Carolina shows that immigrants make up 4.7 percent of the state’s population and contributed $1.3 billion in taxes, or 4.8 percent of the total share in 2014. That same year, immigrants earned $5.4 billion, or nearly 5 percent of all earnings in the state.
Immigrants in South Carolina contribute to key industries, such as agriculture, software development, and construction. They make up 9 percent of all entrepreneurs in the state, and play a large role in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, a major component of U.S. economic growth. These and other key statistics on immigrants in South Carolina can be found in the NAE report here.
The Reason for Reform campaign is launching in all 50 states today to urge Congress to take action on immigration reform. More information can be found at www.RenewOurEconomy.org.
About the Partnership for a New American Economy
The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. The Partnership’s members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech and Media to Manufacturing. Partnership members understand that immigration is essential to maintaining the productive, diverse and flexible workforce that America needs to ensure prosperity over the coming generations. Learn more at www.RenewOurEconomy.org.