Americans By Choice, a new organization supporting immigration reform, fills a void in the immigration debate: A center-right organization that supports immigration reform making it easier for the world’s most talented and motivated people to live and work in America legally.
“For too long the most prominent right-of-center voices on immigration issues have been those opposed to immigration and, too often, to immigrants in general, regardless of status. Americans By Choice represents naturalized Americans and those who believe immigration creates jobs and accelerates economic growth,” said the group’s founder, Fergus Cullen. Cullen is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.
Specifically, Americans By Choice supports visa reform aimed at professionals and entrepreneurs, and a guest worker program for laborers. The group also supports a realistic and pragmatic approach to the millions of undocumented people living in the country.
“Our tech companies can’t get the engineers they need. Our best colleges re-export too many of the world’s sharpest minds after helping them earn advanced degrees. Crops go unharvested for lack of laborers to pick them. And we’re meant to pretend eleven million people living in our midst don’t exist. This is ridiculous,” Cullen said.
“A growing number of conservatives and Republicans recognize the system is broken and it’s holding back our economy. Americans By Choice will make their voices heard in the national debate while celebrating the contributions naturalized Americans make to our communities,” Cullen said.
The group has established a website, www.americans-by-choice.org where a different American By Choice is featured each week. The group has filed with the appropriate government agencies, hired staff, and is organizing as a 501(c)4 non-profit.