CEOs, College Execs Summit to Call for Immigration Overhaul


BOSTON (AP):- HARVARD University’s president and executives from Boston’s biotech industry are among more than 200 business, higher education and political leaders from New England gathering virtually for a Friday summit focused on “sensible immigration solutions” following the introduction Thursday of an immigration overhaul bill by Democrats in Congress.

The New England Business Immigration Summit will call attention to federal and state immigration measures they believe would help with the economic recovery from the pandemic, organizers said.

That includes visas for high- and low-skilled workers and a path to legalization and citizenship for the 11 million people living in the country illegally, starting with those working in essential industries as well as those on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow, Colby College President David Greene and Tyson Foods Vice President David Barber are among those expected to participate, along with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, U.S. Sen. Angus King, a Maine Independent, and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts Democrat.

The summit’s hosts are the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, American Business Immigration Coalition, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education & Immigration and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, among other groups.