Last month, we kicked off the “Do Your Jobs” campaign to remind Congress of all the immigrants who will be working hard to produce our food and drink this holiday season. Throughout the rest of the year, we will be profiling immigrant workers and business owners like Alo and Fredy (below), who work every day to contribute to our country. As Congress heads toward yet another long recess, it’s past time that House Republicans take action, and pass real immigration reform for the 11 million.
Alo and Fredy are entrepreneurs.
Last year, the brothers started a company called TV Head Clothing in Miami, Florida, where they produce eco-friendly clothing and accessories. They use salvaged elements such as wood, vegetable-tanned leather, and bamboo to create unique designs that are environmentally sound.
“Being socially conscious and using the earth’s resources responsibly is only one of our priorities at TV Head Clothing. It doesn’t stop there. We know that we have a duty to society and the people around us, which is why we want to see immigration reform passed,” Fredy said.
Immigrant entrepreneurs like Alo and Fredy are a crucial part of the American economy. Warner Brothers, Anheuser Busch, Google, and AT&T are just a few of the many major American companies that were started by immigrant entrepreneurs. Immigrants or their children founded more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and in 2011, immigrants were more than twice as likely as Americans to start new businesses.
“Our local and national economies can benefit from immigration reform,” said Alo. “Passing immigration reform and giving others the opportunities that we were given would help to create more jobs, and help build our country’s infrastructure.”
Alo and Fredy are working hard to run their business and grow our nation’s economy. They worked long hours to get their business off the ground and continue to work hard each day to build their company.
Alo and Fredy are doing their job. Congress, why aren’t you doing yours?