Dear Seattle Metro Chamber members:
Over the past few days, I’ve been heartened to see the positive ways that our members have stepped forward to affirm their support of our country’s immigrants and refugees.
A sampling of the news shows that many of you are speaking out and taking action in this uncertain time:
- Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over next 5 years, Seattle Times
- Expedia CEO says Trump order shows ‘the worst of his proclivity toward rash action’, Seattle Times
- Microsoft ramps up criticism of ‘misguided’ immigration ban, Seattle Times
- Bezos blasts Trump immigration ban, puts 'the full extent of Amazon’s resources' behind employees affected, Puget Sound Business Journal
- Amazon and Expedia Join Lawsuit to Stop Trump’s Immigration Ban, Fortune
- Lyft condemns Trump's immigration ban, pledges $1 million to ACLU, Mashable
- Google recalls staff to U.S. after Trump immigration order, Bloomberg
- Airbnb to Offer Free Housing to Refugees, Blocked Travelers, Fortune
- Facebook CEO ‘concerned’ about Trump immigration order: ‘These issues are personal for me’, Washington Post
- Uber creating $3 million fund to help drivers with immigration defense, Venture Beat
- Ethnic business advocate: Trump's immigration policies threaten Washington's economic vitality, Puget Sound Business Journal
- REI’s CEO joins chorus of criticism on Trump’s refugee policy, Seattle Times
- Tableau CEO cites personal story in denouncing Trump ban, Puget Sound Business Journal
- We stand with immigrants and refugees, Providence St. Joseph Health
As our members point out, our country is a nation of immigrants, and data shows that immigrants play a significant role in our region’s economic vitality. For example:
- Foreign-born workers currently make up 17.9 percent of all entrepreneurs in the state, despite accounting for 13.2 percent of Washington’s population.
- Sixty percent of Fortune 500 companies based in our state were founded by immigrants or their children. These firms employ more than 425,000 people globally and bring in almost $250 billion in revenue each year.
- Eighteen percent of all businesses in Washington are owned by immigrants.
We’re proud to see our members recognize the contributions that immigrants and refugees bring to Washington state, and we welcome your thoughts. If you have additional examples of ways that businesses are engaging on this issue, please feel free to share them with us.
Immigration policy has long been a federal priority for the Seattle Metro Chamber. We will continue to work with our Congressional delegation to advocate for policies that enable our members to grow a diverse, well-educated talent pool, and keep our economy and community vibrant and inclusive.
President & CEO
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce