Ohio Compact

on Immigration

The members of OBIS are committed to promoting immigration reforms that will strengthen our economy, attract and retain global talent, and bring new businesses to our state. The Ohio Compact on Immigration is a set of principles developed by OBIS members seeking to elevate the Ohio business community’s desire to find sensible public policy solutions, above partisanship and rhetoric, for the challenges currently present in our immigration system. The language of the Ohio Compact on Immigration is the result of a collaborative effort among Ohio business groups and reflects the unique perspective of the Buckeye state. The Ohio Compact on Immigration contains the following core concepts:

For our state economy to grow and compete, Ohio needs a robust workforce and policies that prioritize attracting and retaining talent. The federal immigration system must be flexible enough to address the needs of businesses and their employees. This includes a visa system that is both responsive to, and effective at, meeting the demands of Ohio’s economy and the industries that drive growth in our state.

Immigrants have always been, and remain, an important part of our communities. We must adopt a commonsense approach to immigration that reflects our long- established values and recognizes the critical role immigration has played in the history, economy, and culture of both our state and the nation. Our immigration policies must provide a sensible path forward for immigrants wishing to come to our country and a permanent resolution for those who are of good character, pay taxes, and are committed to becoming fully participating members of our society and culture, but lack legal status.

We understand the communities that grow and attract talent are the ones that are welcoming to all. We support local policies that provide a welcoming environment for immigrants, as well as provide residents with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.


Strong families are critical to developing successful individuals and cohesive communities. Our immigration policies, where possible, should prioritize keeping families together in order to ensure the most supportive home environments for all children across our state.

Immigration policy is a federal issue between the U.S. government and other countries. We urge our Ohio congressional delegation to work to enact immigration policy at the federal level that improves our immigration system, keeps our communities safe, protects our borders and facilitates trade.


Bartell Georgalas & Juarez


Brown Immigration Law

Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce

Cincinnati Compass

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Columbus Partnership

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce

Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

Eastman & Smith LTD

European American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati

Findlay Hancock County Chamber of Commerce

Global Cleveland

Granite Capital Management

Greater Akron Chamber

Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Greater Cleveland Partnership

Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Greater Springfield Partnership

GreatWork Employment

Herman Legal Group, LLC

Hispanic Chamber of Cincinnati USA

Lorain County Chamber of Commerce

Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development

Ohio Bankers League

Ohio Business Roundtable

Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Ohio Council for Homecare & Hospice

Ohio Grocers Association

Ohio Hospital Association

Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association

Ohio Insurance Institute

Ohio Landscape Association

Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

Ohio Pharmacists Association


Ohio Restaurant Association


Pentaflex INC.: Metal Stamping 

Petty-Devlin Law Group, LLC. 

Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Rüya Coffee

Scott Family McDonald's

Solon Chamber of Commerce

Somali American Chamber of Commerce

State Auto Insurance Companies

Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce

T.L.C. Landscaping, Inc.

T. Marzetti Company

Terranean Herbs & Spices

Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Tri-Village Chamber Partnership

Union County Chamber of Commerce

Willoway Nurseries

Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber