PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2019


Utah Business Leaders Unite to Reaffirm Support for Principles of Utah Compact on Immigration

Business, education, and civic leaders reaffirm their commitment to the Utah Compact’s five key principles and call for new leaders to support immigration reform


SALT LAKE CITY, UT — On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Utah business and civic leaders will officially reaffirm their support of the Utah Compact on Immigration, a set of key principles outlining the need for smart immigration policies to drive Utah’s economy forward.


Initially adopted in 2010, the Utah Compact on Immigration includes the signatories of more than 120 prominent Utahns, including business, civic, faith, and city leaders from across the state. Signers of the Compact are committed to reforms that strengthen Utah’s economy and attract the talent and business to fill critical workforce shortages and accelerate the state’s growth. Thursday’s press conference at the Salt Lake Chamber will feature business, faith, civic and community leaders who recognize and support the positive impact immigrants bring to Utah.


WHAT

The Utah Compact on Immigration: Official reaffirmation of the Compact’s principles and discussion on the need for reform


WHO 

Derek Miller, President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber

Mike Brown, Chief of Police, Salt Lake City Police Department

Bishop Solis, Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake

Miles Hansen, President & CEO, World Trade Center

Paula Green Johnson, Board Member, United Way of Salt Lake

Natalie Gochnour, Director of Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute


WHEN

Thursday, March 21, 2019

10:00 a.m. MDT


WHERE

Salt Lake Chamber

175 East 400 South, Suite 600

Salt Lake City, UT 84111


In 2010, the Utah Compact on Immigration was signed by business, law enforcement, faith, and civic leaders. The reaffirmation of these principles now signals an ongoing commitment by state leaders to advocate for immigration reforms that strengthen Utah’s economy. Local leaders across the country have also joined Utah in similar efforts. In the last few weeks, Iowa, Texas, and Floridabusiness and community leaders have all launched Compacts on Immigration in their respective states, demonstrating a strong, bipartisan imperative to welcome immigrants and advance sensible immigration policy.


The release of the Utah Compact on Immigration comes as new data from New American Economy (NAE)’s Map the Impact shows just how much immigrant contributions add to Utah’s economy. For example, according to NAE’s analysis of the 2017 American Community Survey, immigrants in Utah paid $534.6 million in state and local taxes and held $5.3 billion in spending power that year.


New American Economy (NAE) is proud to support efforts led by Utah community leaders to reaffirm the Utah Compact on Immigration.


About the Utah Compact on Immigration

Signers of the Utah Compact on Immigration are committed to promoting common-sense immigration reforms that strengthen Utah’s economy and attract talent and business our state needs to be competitive. We urge our state leaders and national delegation to adopt these five principles to guide the immigration discussion.


About New American Economy

New American Economy (NAE) is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization fighting for smart federal, state, and local immigration policies that help grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans. Visitwww.newamericaneconomy.org to learn more.