On Wednesday, Hispanic business leaders are expected to attend meetings with top administration officials in Washington, D.C. where the immigration reform bill will likely be a topic of discussion in the context of conversations on taxes, economic competitiveness and other economic issues. This event is part of the Hispanic Business Leaders Forum.
Administration officials who are expected to attend the event and brief the Hispanic leaders include: Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz, Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Some of the Hispanic business leaders who will be in attendance include: Linda Alvarado, president of Alvarado Construction and co-owner of the Colorado Rockies, Gustavo Arvanat, executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank, Kimberly Casiano, President of Casiano Communications, and Joe Echevarria, chief executive of Deloitte LLP.
As the immigration bill moves through the Senate, there has been an increased effort by the administration to show its commitment to immigration reform. Last week, President Obama met with a group of DREAMers in the White House. Additionally, the White House has been having a series of conversations with other immigration related stakeholders.
While the White House does its part to show its commitment to reform, just last week, a member of the bipartisan group tasked with crafting immigration reform (aka “gang of eight”), Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) admitted that there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to pass the immigration reform bill.
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