Illinois Republicans, Archbishop Cupich and Business Leaders Call on Congress to Pass Immigration Reform in 2015

While sensible immigration reform stalls in Congress, Illinois Republican leaders, Archbishop Cupich will join the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) at Moving Forward: Sensible Immigration Reform 2015 to call on Congress to pass immigration reform legislation in 2015.  Top Illinois business leaders will make the case that common sense immigration reform is economically important, morally right and politically smart, and critical to get the Illinois economy on the path to global competitiveness. 

WHO: Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois; Mark Kirk, US Senator from Illinois, Aaron Schock, US Congressman (R-18), Adam Kinzinger, US Congressman (R-16), Bob Dold, US Congressman (R-10);  Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago; Carole Segal, Crate and Barrel Co-founder;
 Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber of Commerce CEO; John Rowe, Exelon Chairman Emeritus; Rich Guebert Jr., President, Illinois Farm Bureau; Ron Gidwitz, CGC Partners Co-Founder; William Kunkler III, CC Industries Inc. Executive Vice President;Susan Crown, Susan Crown Exchange Inc. President; Father  Michael Caruso,  St. Ignatius College Prep President; Ed Wehmer, Wintrust Financial Corporation CEO;  Omar Duque, CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Sam Toia Illinois Restaurant Association CEO; Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, DePaul University President; Carole Segal, Crate and Barrel Co-Founder;  Marc J. Gordon, Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association CEO; Rich Guebert, Jr., Illinois Farm Bureau President; Raul Raymundo, The Resurrection Project CEO; Pat Magoon, Lurie Children’s Hospital President; Ezequiel Flores, Flying Retail CEO; Sandra Bruce, Presence Health System President and CEO; Sergio Suarez, North American Institute for Mexican Advancement CEO; Dennis O’Sullivan, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council Vice President; Karen Teitelbaum, Sinai Healthy System President and CEO; 
Anna Morzy, President of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce;   

 WHEN: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. CST 

 WHERE: Saint Ignatius College Prep, 1076 Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL  60607 


 WHY: Illinois Republican and faith leaders will join CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, state trade associations, and hundreds of Latino and Asian businesses to urge Congress to pass common sense immigration reform that: 

• Expands visas for high-skilled, low-skilled, and agricultural workers 

• Creates a path to citizenship and legalization for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already here 

 According to a Bipartisan Policy Center report, immigration reform would create 105,923 jobs in Illinois and boost the state’s economic output by $1.8 billion. Nationally, it would bolster the country’s economic growth by 4.8% over the next 20 years and reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion. 

Mass deportation could cost the US economy $2.6 trillion. If every unauthorized immigrant were removed from Illinois, the state would lose $25.6 billion in economic activity, $11.4 billion in gross state product, and approximately 119,214 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.  It would cost the government $20-25 billion to deport the 4-5 million undocumented workers who would benefit from Obama’s most recent executive order.  

IBIC represents a growing and diverse set of businesses and business associations across the state. IBIC provides a voice for Illinois businesses in support of common sense immigration reform that supports Illinois’ economic recovery, provides Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and promotes the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens. 

 VISUALS: Leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, with hundreds of Fortune 500 CEOs, state trade associations, and Latino and Asian businesses.

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition promotes common sense immigration reform that advances Illinois economic competitiveness, provides Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens.    

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