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AZHCC Press Release


November 21, 2014

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James E. Garcia
(602) 460-1374


Statement by Arizona Hispanic Chamber President/CEO Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr. regarding President Obama's speech on immigration

(PHOENIX) "President Obama’s decision to use 'executive action' to begin the work of reforming our nation’s dysfunctional immigration system is a constructive, measured and well-intentioned first step. Our country has always depended on the contributions of immigrant workers at every level of our economy, but the failure of our leaders to properly address the issue in recent decades has led to undue hardship for immigrant families and hampered our nation’s long-term economic prosperity. As the leading advocate for the 70,000 Latino-owned businesses in Arizona, one-third of which are owned by immigrants, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber supports efforts to bring millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. out of the shadows and into the mainstream of our society and economy. President Obama’s decision, however, cannot be the final word on this matter, as Congress still must act decisively to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that permanently addresses the status of our U.S. immigrant population and our country’s future economic needs."

- Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr.


Founded in 1948, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the premier advocate for the state's more than 67,000 Hispanic-owned small businesses and more than 2 million Hispanic consumers.

Led by CEO and President Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr., the non-profit organization provides products and services in the area of market intelligence, capacity building, advocacy and education for the benefit and success of its members, corporate partners and to actively promote the economic growth and vitality of Arizona. The Arizona Hispanic Chamber's annual signature events include the Black & White Ball and Business Awards; the release of DATOS: State of Arizona's Hispanic Market; the Business Diversity Summit; Power of the Purse; and the Bud Shootout Golf Tournament-and more than 60 workshops, seminars, public forums and business networking activities.

The Chamber also operates the federally funded Phoenix Minority Business Development Business Center, which provides access to contracts and capital for mid-sized companies among the state's 100,000+ Minority Business Enterprises in search of growth and investment opportunities.

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber is dedicated to promoting the economic health and prosperity of the state and nation by serving as a vital link to the growing power and influence of Hispanic business owners and consumers in our increasingly diverse global marketplace.

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