Following today’s announcement of a "Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform" by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), the Partnership for a New American Economy released the following statement of Co-Chair Mike Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City:
"More than 500 CEOs and mayors from the Partnership for a New American Economy have spent three years making the case that modernizing our immigration system is not only good economics, but also good politics. Four leading Republican Senators and four leading Democratic Senators came together today to break the partisan logjam and bring our antiquated immigration system into a digital economic age."
The Partnership was founded in 2010 to make the economic case that immigration reform will help grow the economy and create new American jobs. In the past two years, the Partnership has produced series of reports with research showing the economic imperative of reforming our immigration laws. The Partnership’s research shows that:
Immigration and Entrepreneurship
Immigration and Innovation
- The US is facing a shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ("STEM") workers: By 2018, there will be more than 230,000 advanced degree STEM jobs that will not be filled even if every single new American STEM grad finds a job. (Partnership for a New American Economy and Partnership for New York City, "Not Coming to America," May 2012)
- Foreign STEM graduates create American jobs: Every foreign graduate with an advanced degree from a US university who stays and works in a STEM field creates on average 2.62 jobs for American workers. (American Enterprise Institute and the Partnership for a New American Economy, "Immigration and American Jobs," December 2011)
- Foreign STEM grads drive US innovation: 76% of patents from the top 10 patent-producing US universities (MIT, Caltech, Stanford, etc.) in 2011 had a foreign born inventor. Over 165 university presidents and chancellors – coming from all 50 states – have written Washington’s leaders supporting immigration reform that would grant green cards to foreign graduates with advanced degrees at U.S. universities. (Partnership for a New American Economy, "Patent Pending," June 2012 and University President Letter, September 2012)
Immigration and Workforce Development
The Economic Benefits of the DREAM Act
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: renewoureconomy.org.