Recent Executive Order drafts have caused alarm among not only the immigrant community, but business leaders and economic development advocates, such as Global Detroit, who work with immigrants as a means of sparking regional growth and prosperity.
In response to these proposed policies, which threaten to severely impact the rights of legal immigrants working in the United States, as well as the supply of talent to the American economy, we are launching our Global Detroit Champions for Growth campaign of local business and community leaders to highlight awareness of immigrants’ economic contributions, oppose weakening of existing immigration laws, and build stronger regional policies.
Champions for Growth Pledge
Immigrants are powerful contributors to our job creation, economic growth, and regional prosperity.
My organization/I support a strong, open, inclusive, and welcoming federal immigration system, anchored by the American Dream, that offers freedom, opportunity, and security to immigrants whose talent, hard work, and entrepreneurship can help build a more prosperous nation.
My organization/I support Global Detroit's efforts to develop and implement local policies, practices, infrastructure, and innovative programs that will mobilize Metro Detroit’s immigrant potential.
Click here to sign the pledge today.
Why You Should Sign The Pledge
10 Ways to Get Involved
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Share the Pledge
Spread Legal Awareness
Attend a citizenship workshop or offer legal counseling for new immigrants and students.
Now more than ever, it's crucial to support our immigrant neighbors and champion the contributions they make to our region. That's what our Champions for Growth campaign is all about. Our goal is to raise $15,000 in May.
Your donation will revitalize neighborhoods, catalyze the growth and development of immigrant entrepreneurs, leverage international talent to fill regional businesses' unmet talent needs, and build a global region with competitive advantages in job creation, business growth, and community development. You will help us fuel neighborhood revitalization, talent recruitment and retention, and help make Detroit a globally competitive economy.
Why Immigrants are Important
No major U.S. city has rebounded from population loss without significant immigration growth.
 U.S. Census numbers evaluated by David Dyssegaard Kallick, Fiscal Policy Institute.
 U.S. Census numbers.
 U.S. Census numbers using the American Community Survey.
Workforce and Talent
Metro Detroit and Michigan’s workforce is rapidly aging. Immigrants can help counter that coming tsunami.
 Migration Policy Institute Michigan State Data Profile at http://www.migrationpolicy.org/data/state-profiles/state/demographics/MI.
 Jeanne Batalova, Michael Fix, and Ariel Ruiz Soto, “The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in Michigan,” Migration Policy Institute, December 2016, p. 1., as well as emails directly with Ms. Batalova. All such estimates are based on U.S. Census data.
 Stuart Anderson, “The Importance of International Students to America,” National Foundation for American Policy, July 2013, p. 1.
 “Patent Pending: How Immigrants Are Reinventing the American Economy,” Partnership for a New American Economy, June 2012.
 Madeline Zavodny, “Immigration And American Jobs,” American Enterprise Institute and the Partnership For A New American Economy, December 2011, p. 4.
 “Michigan Benefits from International Students,” NAFSA Association of International Educators, Fall 2015.
 “The Contributions of New Americans in Michigan,” New American Economy, August 2016, pp. 8-10.
 Rafael Bernal, “Amid Debate, All 2016 American Nobel Laureates Are Immigrants,” The Hill, October 10, 2016.
Immigrants make up a major proportion of entrepreneurs in Michigan, driving economic growth and technological advancements.
 Robert Fairlie, “Estimating the Contribution of Immigrant Business Owners to the U.S. Economy,” Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, November 2008, p. 31.
 “The Contributions of New Americans in Michigan,” New American Economy, August 2016, p. 2.
 David Dyssegaard Kallick, “Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow,” Fiscal Policy Institute and Americas Society/Council of the Americas, January 2015, p. 2.
 Vivek Wadhwa, AnnaLee Saxenian, Ben Rissing, and Gary Gereffi “America’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs” Duke University and University of California-Berkeley, January 4, 2007, p. 13
 Stuart Anderson, “Immigrants and Billion Dollar Startups,” National Foundation for American Policy, March 2016, p. 1.
 “The ‘New American’ Fortune 500,” Partnership for a New American Economy, June 2011, p. 6.
 Robert Fairlie, “Open for Business: How Immigrants Are Driving Small Business Creation in the United States,” Partnership for a New American Economy, August 2012, p. 11.
Taxes and Spending Power
Immigrants are a critical part of Michigan’s economy and pay their fair share in taxes.
 “The Contributions of New Americans in Michigan,” New American Economy, August 2016, pp. 5-6.
 “The Contributions of New Americans in Michigan,” New American Economy, August 2016, p. 5.