Minnesota Employers Voice Support for Economic Benefit of Immigration Visas

SAINT PAUL, MN, (June 23, 2020) – Today, the following 47 Minnesota companies, nonprofits, trade associations, and chambers of commerce reacted in opposition to President Trump’s recent executive order suspending immigration visas. Our statement is as follows: 

We stand with our foreign-born employees, many of whom are here on the classes of visa restricted by President Trump’s recent Executive Order. We oppose this order and its aim to reduce or eliminate access to these important visas, including H-1B’s, H-2B’s, L’s and J’s.

Minnesota’s economy is able to succeed and grow and create more jobs due to our ability to access the world’s best talent, and these employees bring unique skills and experiences that complement our workforce and our customer base. Further, research shows that diverse teams perform at a higher level – our organizations benefit from the varied experiences and perspectives these employees bring.

Limiting access to global talent puts American companies at a competitive disadvantage. It also deprives Minnesota of these highly capable residents, the contributions they make to their communities, and the economic activity they generate.

We urge policymakers to recognize the important role foreign-born workers play in our state and national economy and join us in asking President Trump and his Administration to rescind this order.

Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Anchor Paper

Birch Terrace Supper Club

Bloomington Chamber of Commerce

Blue Water Cafe

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce

Burnsville Chamber of Commerce

Cook County Chamber of Commerce

Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority

Crosslake Chamber of Commerce

Ecolab

Fairview Health Services

Gaviidea Subway Inc.

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Grand Marais Subway Inc.

Guild

Hospitality Minnesota

Lake Superior Trading Post

Mayo Clinic 

Medical Alley

Metropolitan State University

Minneapolis Regional Chamber

Minnesota Agri-Growth Council

Minnesota Business Partnership

Minnesota Chamber

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Minnesota First Provider Alliance

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association

Minnesota United FC

Morrissey Hospitality

North Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce

Park Square Subway Inc.

Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce

Rainbow Health Kare, Inc

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Shakopee Chamber

Terrace Lounge

The Chamber – Grand Forks/East Grand Forks

The Outpost Motel

Tofte General Store

Tofte Management Company, LLC dba The Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce

White Bear Area Chamber

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce

Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce

Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce

Media Contact:  
Shannon Watson 
shannon@saintpaulchamber.com 

651-295-8515 

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