Vice President Joe Biden Meets With USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez and Hispanic Leaders to Discuss Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last week, Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Javier Palomarez, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Voto Latino Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona, NCLR President & CEO Janet Murguia and several other Hispanic leaders to discuss the economic imperative of passing comprehensive immigration reform.

"Last Friday's meeting showed that Vice President Biden understands the urgent need to fix our outdated and broken immigration system. The exchange highlighted the economic implications of a modernized immigration system and how immigrants are important contributors to the success of the American economy," said USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez. "The current system hinders business, deters thousands of hard workers from becoming fully integrated tax payers, and stops some of the world's best and brightest from contributing to the American way of life. The USHCC looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration to pass this crucial piece of legislation."

The event was held at the National Observatory as part of the White House's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Last month, Palomarez, along with leaders of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior administration officials to discuss key priorities and strategic goals of the Hispanic business community for the President's current trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

"The USHCC commends both President Obama and Vice President Biden for their efforts in redefining the narrative surrounding immigration reform. We believe it is crucial for the debate to shift from border security to one of shared economic opportunity and prosperity, as evidenced by the U.S' critical trade relationship with Mexico," added Palomarez.

The U.S' total export value to Mexico surpasses that of Japan, Germany and Brazil, combined. In 2012, Mexico was the U.S' second largest trade partner, next to Canada.

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 together 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.
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CONTACT: Valentina Pereda, USHCC Communications Manager 202-489-2932 vpereda@ushcc.comSource:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce