Arizona business leaders in U.S. join Bloomberg's immigration reform effort

09:24, December 17, 2010      

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Twelve leading companies from U.S. State of Arizona, which has adopted a controversial immigration law, teamed up with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in pushing for immigration reforms on Thursday.

The New York City Mayor's office announced that leaders of U.S. Airways, PetSmart and 10 other leading companies in Arizona joined the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group of business leaders and mayors pushing for immigration reform.

The new Arizona members represent a range of industries including airline, retail, healthcare and construction. They employ a combined 145,000 people and generate over 50 billion U.S. dollars in annual revenue.

"The Arizona companies joining our effort are proof that in all quarters of the country and in all sectors of the economy there is demand for a smarter, more sensible immigration strategy," said Partnership founder and Co-Chair Mayor Bloomberg."We need reform that will both secure our borders and do more to attract and keep the workers necessary for American businesses to compete in the 21st century."

The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together a bipartisan group of over 125 business leaders from all sectors of the economy and mayors from all parts of the United States. The coalition has been pushing the U.S. Congress to adopt more sensible immigration laws and attract talents from around world.

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