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United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support by Small Business Owners for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce a new poll released by the Small Business Majority showing overwhelming support for comprehensive immigration reform by small business owners.

The national poll, conducted by a bipartisan group of pollsters, will highlight the views of employers on comprehensive immigration reform. The data reveals their opinions on current immigration reform proposals, including pathway to citizenship, permits for low and high-skilled workers and the value of immigrant labor for the American economy.

"The results from the Small Business Majority poll reinforce the USHCC's stance that immigration reform is an economic imperative for America. The United States is a global leader in fostering entrepreneurship and attracting the world's best talent. We are confident the results of this poll will further highlight the economic benefits of immigration reform and prove that our nation's business community is strongly in favor of a bipartisan solution," USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez said, "Ill-conceived anti-immigration laws are not only bad for immigrants, but are proven to have detrimental effects on local economies."

Highlights of the poll:

• Nine in 10 small business owners recognize that our current immigration system isn't working
• Three-quarters of the respondents believe our country would be better off if undocumented immigrants became legal taxpayers and were granted a pathway to citizenship
• Three in four entrepreneurs recognize there are major economic benefits to be reaped from comprehensive immigration reform◦$1.5 trillion to be added to the economy over the next 10 years
◦ Up to $5.4 billion in tax revenue in the first three years after immigration reform is passed
•84% of respondents believe immigration is good for America
•84% of entrepreneurs support the bipartisan Gang of 8 Senate bill
•74% of small business owners believe we should facilitate the entry for high skilled workers, and 64% believe we should facilitate the entry for low skilled workers

For a complete report on this poll, please visit: http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/immigration/

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.

About Small Business Majority

Small Business Majority is a national nonpartisan small business advocacy organization founded and run by small business owners and focused on solving the biggest problems facing America's 28 million small businesses. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with small business owners, policy experts and elected officials nationwide to bring small business voices to the public policy table. Learn more about us on Wikipedia and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

CONTACT: Valentina Pereda, USHCC Communications Manager 202-735-7729 vpereda@ushcc.comSource:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce