Dear President Biden and Congressional Leaders:
The New York business community is deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the continued flow of asylum-seekers into our country. The situation is overwhelming the resources not only of the border region but of city and state governments across the nation. New York City, alone, has received more than 100,000 asylum seekers whose status is uncertain and who lack authorization to work. Increasingly, these are families with young children.
We write to support the request made by New York Governor Hochul for federal funding for educational, housing, security, and health care services to offset the costs that local and state governments are incurring with limited federal aid. In addition, there is a compelling need for expedited processing of asylum applications and work permits for those who meet federal eligibility standards. Immigration policies and control of our country’s border are clearly a federal responsibility; state and local governments have no standing in this matter.
There are labor shortages in many U.S. industries, where employers are prepared to offer training and jobs to individuals who are authorized to work in the United States. The business community is also providing in-kind assistance and philanthropic support to organizations that are addressing the immediate needs of this largely destitute population.
Bipartisan action by Congress and the Administration is ultimately the way to resolve immigration issues, but that will take time. In the interim, we urge you to take immediate action to better control the border and the process of asylum and provide relief to the cities and states that are bearing the burdens posed by the influx of asylum seekers.
Albert Bourla, Chairman & CEO, Pfizer Inc. and Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City
Rob Speyer, President & CEO, Tishman Speyer and Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City
Jeffrey H. Aronson, Managing Principal, Centerbridge Partners
Robert Bakish, President & CEO, Paramount Global
Neil Barr, Chair & Managing Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Jeff T. Blau, Chief Executive Officer, The Related Companies, L.P.
Tim Cawley, Chairman, President & CEO, Con Edison
Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young LLP
Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
John Q. Doyle, President & CEO, Marsh McLennan
Blair W. Effron, Co-Founder, Centerview Partners
Catherine Engelbert, Commissioner, WNBA
Laurence D. Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock
William E. Ford, Chairman & CEO, General Atlantic LLC
Jane Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Citi
Jeff Gennette, Chairman & CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
Barry M. Gosin, Chief Executive Officer, Newmark
Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman & CEO, Chubb
Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, Lazard
Brad S. Karp, Chair, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Charles R. Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus LLC
Henry R. Kravis, Co-Founder & Executive Co-Chairman, KKR
Kewsong Lee, Founder & Managing Partner, Waterfront Partners LLC
Martin Lipton, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Peter W. May, President & Founding Partner, Trian Partners
Andrew McMahon, CEO & President, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Charles E. Phillips, Jr., Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Recognize
Steven L. Rattner, Chairman & CEO, Willett Advisors LLC
Steven Rubenstein, President, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
Kevin P. Ryan, Founder & CEO, AlleyCorp
Charles Scharf, CEO & President, Wells Fargo & Company
Alan D. Schnitzer, Chairman & CEO, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Alan D. Schwartz, Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, LLC
Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone
Joshua Silverman, Chief Executive Officer, Etsy, Inc.
David M. Solomon, Chairman & CEO, Goldman Sachs
Jeffrey M. Solomon, President, TD Cowen
Robert K. Steel, Vice Chairman, Perella Weinberg Partners
Steven R. Swartz, President & CEO, Hearst
James S. Tisch, President & CEO, Loews Corporation
George H. Walker, Chairman & CEO, Neuberger Berman
Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
William D. Abramson, Principal, Buchbinder & Warren Realty Group LLC
Lee S. Ainslie, Managing Partner, Maverick Capital
Simon Allen, Chief Executive Officer, McGraw Hill
Glenn R. August, Founder & CEO, Oak Hill Advisors L.P.
Barbara Becker, Chair, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Candace K. Beinecke, Senior Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Charles R. Bendit, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Taconic Investment Partners LLC
William H. Berkman, Co-Chairman & CEO, Radius Global Infrastructure, Inc.
Gary Binning, Founding Managing Partner, Dominus Capital
Frank J. Bisignano, Chairman, President & CEO, Fiserv
Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn, Inc.
Marty Burger, Chief Executive Officer, Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Donald A. Capoccia, Principal, BFC Partners
Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman & Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners
H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chair, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Richard A.C. Coles, Founder & Managing Partner, Vanbarton Group
R. Cromwell Coulson, President & CEO, OTC Markets Group
Joanne Crevoiserat, Chief Executive Officer, Tapestry, Inc.
Jean-François Decaux, Chairman of the Executive Board & Co-CEO, JCDecaux SE
AnnaMaria DeSalva, Global Chairman & CEO, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Annemarie DiCola, Chief Executive Officer, Trepp, Inc.
Corey duBrowa, Chief Executive Officer, BCW
Scott A. Edelman, Partner and Chairman, Milbank LLP
Joel S. Ehrenkranz, Partner and Co-Founder, Ehrenkranz Partners L.P.
Sean Feeney, Co-Owner of Lilia & Misi & Co-Founder, Grovehouse
Peter Finn, Chief Executive Officer, Finn Partners
John Fish, Chairman & CEO, Suffolk
Winston C. Fisher, Partner, Fisher Brothers
Alan H. Fishman, Founder, Willow Holdings, Inc.
Adam Flatto, President & CEO, The Georgetown Company
Bethlam Forsa, Chief Executive Officer, Savvas Learning Company
Peter Furci, Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Michael Gerstenzang, Managing Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Jeffrey Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer, Fairstead
Perry Golkin, Chief Executive Officer, PPC Enterprises LLC
David J. Greenwald, Chairman, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Efraim Grinberg, Chairman & CEO, Movado Group, Inc.
Stewart KP Gross, Managing Director, Lightyear Capital
Christopher Grosso, Chief Executive Officer, Intersection
Samer Hamadeh, Founder & CEO, Zeel
Matthew Hiltzik, President & CEO, Hiltzik Strategies, LLC
Leslie W. Himmel, Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties LLC
Marc Holliday, President & CEO, SL Green Realty Corp.
Michael Houston, President, US, WPP
Frederick J. Iseman, Chairman & CEO, CI Capital Partners LLC
Alan Jones, Senior Managing Director, Intermediate Capital Group plc
John Josephson, Chairman & CEO, SESAC Music Group
Erik W. Kahn, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Harry Kargman, Founder & CEO, Kargo
Michel A. Khalaf, President & CEO, MetLife, Inc.
Andrew Klaber, President, Bedford Ridge Capital
Arvind Krishna, Chairman & CEO, IBM Corporation
Rochelle B. Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy
Jeffrey E. Levine, Chairman, Douglaston Development
Mehdi Mahmud, CEO & President, First Eagle Investment Management, LLC
Tracy V. Maitland, President, Advent Capital Management, LLC
Anthony Malkin, Chairman, President & CEO, Empire State Realty Trust
Anish Melwani, Chairman & CEO, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Daniel Meyer, Founder & Executive Chairman, Union Square Hospitality Group
Ken Moelis, Chairman and CEO, Moelis & Company
Greg Mondre, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Silver Lake
Daniel Moore, President & CEO, Rockefeller Group International, Inc.
R. Tyler Morse, Chairman & CEO, MCR Hotels / MORSE Development
Deanna M. Mulligan, Chief Executive Officer, Purposeful
Liz Neumark, Chair & Founder, Great Performances
Mark Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, Equitable Holdings, Inc.
Douglas L. Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global
Deirdre Quinn, Co-Founder & CEO, Lafayette 148 New York
Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder & CEO, Via
Gerald Rizzieri, President & CEO, Mizuho Securities USA LLC
Michael M. Roberts, President & CEO, HSBC Bank USA
James D. Robinson III, Co-Founder & General Partner, RRE Ventures
Robert K. Rockwood, President, Sabey Data Centers
Steven Roth, Chairman & CEO, Vornado Realty Trust
Mitchell E. Rudin, Chairman & CEO, Savills Inc.
William C. Rudin, Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.
Leo Salom, President & CEO, TD Bank, N.A.
Michael Schmidtberger, Partner & Chair of the Executive Committee, Sidley Austin LLP
Barry Schwartz, Vice Chairman Emeritus, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Frank J. Sciame, Chairman & CEO, Sciame Construction, LLC
Kathleen Shanahan, Chief Executive Officer, Turtle & Hughes, Inc.
Suzanne Shank, President & CEO, Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC
Tarek Sherif, Co-Founder, Medidata
Stanley S. Shuman, Senior Advisor, Allen & Company LLC
Stefan Simon, Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank
Douglas C. Steiner, Chairman, Steiner Studios
Owen D. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, BXP
Mary Ann Tighe, Chief Executive Officer, NY Tri-State Region, CBRE
Gary M. Tischler, Founder & Managing Partner, Vanbarton Group
Daniel R. Tishman, Vice Chairman, AECOM & Principal, Tishman Realty
William B. Tyree, Managing Partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Robert Vecchio, Chief Executive Officer, SOCOTEC Engineering, Inc.
Robin Vince, President & CEO, BNY Mellon
Pamela S. Wasserstein, President, Vox Media
Jeffrey Weiner, Chairman & CEO, Marcum LLP
Charles Weinstein, Chief Executive Officer, Eisner Advisory Group LLC
David Winter, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Standard Industries Inc.
Rudolph Wynter, President, NY, National Grid
Strauss Zelnick, Partner, ZMC
James Zelter, Co-President, Apollo Global Management, Inc.
Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
Eric Zinterhofer, Founding Partner, Searchlight Capital
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