We need common sense immigration reform to support Illinois’ economic recovery, provide Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and promote the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens.
Common sense immigration reform that will support Illinois' and our nation's economic recovery must:
- Provide consistent, reliable access to both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent we need to sustain our global competitiveness in industries including healthcare, high-tech, manufacturing, and hospitality and tourism.
- Provide opportunities for immigrants and foreign students to enter the U.S. and our workforce legally, attracting and keeping the best, the brightest, and the hard working.
- Promote stability within our immigrant workforce and our immigrant consumer base.
- Provide a streamlined process to legal employment, ensuring we do not face the same challenges in the future.
- Provide “a mechanism that responds to the needs of business in a market-driven way, while also fully protecting the wages and working conditions of U.S. and immigrant workers”, in accordance with the joint principles of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO regarding temporary workers.
- Establish a path to citizenship for the undocumented currently living in Illinois and the United States, to leverage their talent and to facilitate their complete integration as consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs.