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
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
Fairview Health Services
Gaviidea Subway Inc.
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Grand Marais Subway Inc.
Lake Superior Trading Post
Metropolitan State University
Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Minnesota Agri-Growth Council
Minnesota Business Partnership
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Minnesota First Provider Alliance
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
Minnesota United FC
North Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
Park Square Subway Inc.
Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Rainbow Health Kare, Inc
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
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