How the Ad Industry Is Navigating Trump’s Ever-Changing Immigration Policies

Uncertain times for companies looking to recruit top talent from around the world

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A 2018 survey from Cato Institute found that overall immigration application denial rates jumped approximately 37% from 2016 to 2018. Getty Images

In 1938, David Ogilvy arrived in New Jersey from his native England and established his own professional brand in a rapidly growing nation, writing the original ad-industry immigrant success story. These days, however, the chances of someone from abroad following in his footsteps are ever slimmer, even as the value of top international talent continues to grow.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 30, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@PatrickCoffee Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek.