We often talk about comprehensive immigration reform at the 30,000 foot level – discussing the positive macro effects that reform would have on our economy and society. But too often we fail to look for the stories that show how important immigration reform is on a personal level.
Click Bond, Inc. has one of those stories. A Carson City, NV based manufacturer specializing in aerospace technology, part of the Click Bond team was in Washington, D.C. this week for the Annual Manufacturing Summit to help carry the pro-manufacturing message to Capitol Hill. Like dozens of other manufacturers, they talked about immigration reform as a top priority – the unique part of their visit was that one team member is a real life example of an immigration success story.
Olga Ortiz has been a Click Bond employee for ten years, working as a machine operator solely responsible for her part of the product line. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1996 with her husband, Olga worked many hard jobs for several years – improving her English and putting in the hours of sweat equity to provide for her family, which soon grew to include two children. When she heard about an opportunity at Click Bond, she pressed a friend to recommend her and landed the job.
Olga’s pride in her work radiates when she talks about her job. She says that, “working for an important company, making important products, makes you important.” Her personal ethos, “whatever you’re doing, be the best at it,” is something that has clearly delivered much deserved success. She regards the Click Bond team as her second family – an appropriate association since they have helped her accomplish her goal in immigrating to the United States – building a better life for her family. She set out to do something special in this country and has more than cleared that bar.
But she doesn’t rest on her success. Olga gives back to her community everyday – working with Latino families to stress the importance of education and its role in lifting people to greater heights. She has become a worthy ambassador for Click Bond, Nevada and the United States.
I asked her why she does so much for her community and her simple answer has certainly inspired me to do more. “America is the best country – the best place to work and the best place to provide a better future for your kids. It’s given me a world of opportunity and I want to share it.”
For years, Click Bond has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their workforce, education and promoting manufacturing as a way to get ahead. Olga Ortiz is a picture perfect representation of that commitment.
From the 30,000 level, immigration reform just makes sense – but with people like Olga Ortiz as the face of the effort, it’s a no-brainer.