Business Leaders Join Together For Immigration Changes

Colorado business leaders launched a new coalition Tuesday to advocate for immigration reform from the employer’s perspective.

Coloradans For Immigration Reform brings 13 pro-business organizations together to support policies like a legal path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. They want to make it easier for migrants and high tech workers to get visas. And the group warned that mass deportations would be a major blow to Colorado’s economy.

“It’s not building walls. It’s creating the types of policies and putting things in place that actually get to the root cause of the problems that support the types of reform that continue to grow America’s economy and move things forward,” said Jeff Wasden of the Colorado Business Roundtable.

Mizraim Cordero with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce said he believes Republican control of the House, Senate and White House next year increases chances for immigration reform.

“This is a great opportunity to get the immigration reform we need right,” Cordero said. “Perhaps, there should be less focus on a broader deportation effort and more focus on, what are the policies that will move our economy forward and that’s what we’re pushing.”