All across the United States, immigrant workers make up the backbone of many small, large, and emerging businesses. Immigrant workers bring their skills and talent to the broader American workforce, and many businesses understand that by investing in their immigrant workforce they are also investing in their overall productivity. Our country is stronger and our businesses are stronger when everyone has a stake. As a result, some businesses have begun providing assistance to qualified employees with the citizenship process. Citizenship offers individuals the chance to become full participants in the American workforce, helping to improve the economy and their communities.
We would like to recognize these efforts so today, we’re asking you to help us identify and honor these leaders who are strengthening their businesses and the workforce by helping immigrants through the citizenship process. These extraordinary leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to amplify the lesson that helping immigrant workers become citizens is not just compassionate but also good business. Please nominate a Champion of Change by midnight on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Nominees may include the following types of individuals:
Click on the link below to submit your nomination (be sure to choose Strengthening the Economy through Citizenship in the "Theme of Service" field of the nomination form).
We are looking forward to hosting this event and to highlighting the incredible work that businesses across the country are doing to strengthen our workforce, economy, and country.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez is Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement.