ICYMI: Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) Supports Pathway to Earned Citizenship

Digital Communications Manager

August 14, 2013

LAS VEGAS — At the South by Southwest (SXSW) V2V event in Las Vegas on Monday, Republican Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) strongly supported a roadmap to earned citizenship and the principles of the Senate’s immigration bill.

“I believe that the pathway that the Senate bill has laid out is a reasonable pathway … There’s a lot of safeguards here,” Heck said, as reported in the Washington Post.

Mark Falzone, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, moderated the SXSW V2V panel, which was titled America’s Entrepreneurial Spirit: The Case for Fixing our Broken Immigration System. In addition to Heck, the panel featured Alex Torrenegra, CEO of VoiceBunny; Andrew Crump, CEO of Bluefields; and Scott Allison, CEO of Teamly Inc.

The congressman joined the group of CEOs, all immigrants, to discuss what lies ahead for immigration, and to call on Congress to pass comprehensive reform that addresses key issues facing the tech and business communities.

“Our immigration system is broken and in need of real solutions to the problems we currently face,” Heck acknowledged — and, as he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “This one is probably one of the most important [votes] to our country.”

“There’s a whole lot more underlying immigration reform that is critical to the future economy of our nation, whether it’s high-tech, whether it’s agricultural guest visas, whether it’s E-Verify to protect against worker exploitation. … There are so many pieces to it,” he added in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun. “I wish that the discussion was always more comprehensive. Because then I think people would better understand that this truly is in our vital national and economic interests.”

“The panel at South by Southwest only adds to the momentum building all over the country during August recess,” added Mark Falzone, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum. “The panel and Rep. Heck made it clear that immigrants are innovators who help grow the economy, and businesses want to invest in them. We need broad immigration reform to attract talented and ambitious immigrant entrepreneurs who can start companies and create jobs in the U.S.”