WHY TBIC? AND WHY NOW?
Business leaders have a huge role to play in shaping the future of Texas.
Our elected officials look to business leaders to understand what is needed to create the strongest Texas possible.
Dreamers work and contribute to the Texas economy, but their future is uncertain.
Immigrants play an important role in contributing to Texas as both taxpayers and consumers, and Texas Dreamers contribute billions of dollars to our economy. A legislative solution for Dreamers would sustain tens of thousands of jobs and prevent a disruption to our economy.
Educational opportunity is essential for our economic competitiveness.
Education makes our workforce globally competitive. Protecting equal educational opportunity will allow Texans to enter the workplace equipped with the modern skills they need to succeed.
Immigration enforcement ought to be administered federally.
Local law enforcement officers have the most important job of keeping our communities safe. Neither the federal government nor the state government should burden local law enforcement with unfunded mandates and the role of enforcing federal immigration laws outside of their purview.
THE TBIC PLEDGE
TBIC Members pledge to pursue these goals:
Protect the Texas Dream Act, which provides Dreamers an equal educational opportunity for in-state tuition within the Texas University System.
Educate the Texas congressional delegation on the urgent need for commonsense immigration reform that addresses the workforce needs of high and low-skilled industries and legislative solutions for Dreamers and their parents.
Support law enforcement and their efforts to promote the safety and well-being of all Texans, regardless of immigration status.
Promote policy-making that addresses local issues at the local level, statewide issues at the statewide level, and federal issues at the federal level.
Power the Texas economy and the Texas brand with policies that retain and attract top global talent, fostering a competitive economy, encouraging entrepreneurs and job creators to build their businesses in Texas, and making Texas a hospitable place for tourists and events on the worldwide stage.
Find bipartisan solutions. We recognize that any successful effort to affect immigration policy in Texas must be approached in a bipartisan manner and address the labor needs of high and low-skilled industries, grow the economy, and keep families together.