Expanding Access to Legal Immigration and Work Visas Will Boost the Small Business Workforce

For Immediate Release: 
Monday, February 5, 2024

Statement by John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on the bipartisan immigration deal 

"We are pleased the U.S. Senate has released a bipartisan immigration deal that will foster a more rational immigration system while helping to address small businesses’ workforce challenges. We regularly hear from small business owners around the country that they need access to a more robust labor pool. Increasing legal pathways to come to the U.S. and expanding access to work authorization will help address small employers’ workforce needs and contribute to economic growth. 

It’s also important to note that immigrants are twice as likely to start small businesses as native-born Americans, and they create 1 in 10 U.S. jobs. As such, they are essential to our entrepreneurial, job-creating economy.  

Small business owners recognize that our current immigration system isn’t working, and they support bipartisan efforts to fix it and expand access to both high and low-skilled workers. This agreement is an important step forward for addressing our nation’s immigration challenges in a bipartisan manner. Once this is done we urge Congress to advance meaningful, long-term comprehensive immigration reform."


About Small Business Majority

Small Business Majority is a national small business organization that empowers America's diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and equitable economy. We engage our network of more than 85,000 small businesses and 1,500 business and community organizations to advocate for public policy solutions and deliver resources to entrepreneurs that promote equitable small business growth. Our deep connections with the small business community along with our scientific research enable us to educate the public about key issues impacting America’s entrepreneurs, with a special focus on advancing the smallest businesses and those facing systemic inequalities. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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