ASAE: Immigration Laws May Hurt Meetings

Although it did not take a position for or against them, and stopped short of criticizing their provisions, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) said this week that the immigration laws passed recently in several states — most notably Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Utah — could hurt the meetings industry.

In a statement released on Monday, ASAE said:

"The new immigration laws that have recently been passed in several U.S. states and under consideration in others continue to fuel a national debate over the specific provisions of the measure and whether comprehensive immigration reform is best addressed at the state or national level. ASAE is not taking a position on the laws. However, it is unfortunate that the meetings and tourism industry, associations and other organizations and the people who are a part of these communities may be negatively impacted by potential outcomes."