New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition
Summer, 2020
News and Views

Pursuing Bipartisan and Evidence-Based Immigration Reform

Finding a New
Path Forward on Immigration
Blog Post by Nicholas Montalto,
August 15, 2020

2020 "Great Immigrants" Honorees of the Carnegie Corporation

Never before has the world faced such an abrupt and near-complete halt to human mobility as during the current pandemic. With advances in transportation and communication over the last century, labor and other forms of mobility have become essential features of the global economy. The United States, more than most countries, has benefitted from the energy, talent, and creativity of its immigrant population. Indeed, some would argue that America’s economic, scientific, and military prowess owes much to its ability to attract talent and labor from abroad.

Nominations Open for the 2020
NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
Winners of the 2019 NJBIC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards

The NJ Business Immigration Coalition is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 8th Annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. This year, we will be honoring immigrants for their achievements in the categories of growth, innovation, and advocacy. We will also name the 2020 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year. 

The Awards will be presented in October at an on-line event hosted by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA). If you know someone -- a colleague, family member, neighbor, or friend -- who you think deserves to be honored in this manner, please submit a nomination form through our website

In sponsoring this awards competition, the Coalition seeks to call attention to the vital but often unacknowledged role played by immigrant entrepreneurs in stimulating the American economy. Last year, for example, NJ companies started by immigrants generated an annual business income of $6.2 billion. Nominations close on September 12.

Visit Our New Website!

The Coalition has just launched its new website, which offers a rich selection of information useful to business leaders interested in the development of sound and evidence-based immigration policy.

The website features short abstracts of cutting-edge research, as well as opinion pieces from leading experts in the field. Also included are a list of companies and business associations that have endorsed the Coalition's mission statement, and a form that can be used by new organizations wishing to join the Coalition.

The website also incorporates the content that previously appeared on a separate website for the New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which are now being sponsored by the Coalition. We welcome your comments and suggestions for the website, and thank the members of the Coalition's Steering Committee for their helpful suggestions in developing the new site.

Forty-seven (47) percent of all IT workers in New Jersey are immigrants -- the highest percentage of any state in the country. These workers play an essential role in maintaining the digital infrastructure permitting key sectors of the economy to function during the pandemic.
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While the number of international students worldwide has doubled since 2000, the U.S. share of the world's international student population has dropped from 27.4% in 2000 to 19.4% in 2016 -- a troubling trend exacerbated by policies adopted recently by the federal government.
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The administration has nearly doubled the cost of becoming a U.S. citizen. As of October 2, 2020, the filing fee goes from $640 to $1,160, leading some critics to claim that a "wealth test" for citizenship has been put in place.

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New research suggests that anti-immigrant feelings stem from "sociopsychological factors," not economic concerns.

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Turning their backs on the U.S, Asian Indians are immigrating to Canada at an astonishing rate
Anti-immigration policies are a loss for the United States and a gain for the rest of the world
Summary of Executive Actions Impacting Business Immigration
Why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Is suing the administration
Legal scholars propose a 10-year, pilot program to admit 50,000 high-skilled immigrants annually using a points-based system
New Jersey to allow professional and occupational licensing regardless of immigration status
Washington policymakers are overlooking job-creating immigrant Startup Visas
With looming decline in GDP, US must allow more immigration
GET INVOLVED: We want to hear from you!

  • Check out our policy platform here and if your company or organization (or you as an individual) agrees with our principles for immigration reform, sign up as a member of the coalition. There is no fee to join.

  • Share your thoughts on the immigration reform challenges facing the United States. How is your industry affected? What specific reform proposals are you championing? Write us at:
The New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition,
c/o Einstein's Alley, P.O. Box 175, Plainsboro NJ 08536,