Chicago, Illinois — In a major step forward, Republicans and Democrats yesterday voted the “Gang of Eight’s immigration bill out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation now moves to the Senate floor while we await for the House to act.
The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) has united diverse sectors – high-skilled and low-skilled, large corporations and small businesses – to promote the message that we need to fix our broken immigration system. Doing so will help rebuild the economy, provide the high and low-skilled talent that our businesses need, and allow for the integration of immigrants as workers, consumers, entrepreneurs and citizens.
As a Republican Party leader and business leader, I have devoted countless hours to supporting candidates who stand for entrepreneurship, hard work and community values. Immigrant communities across the board embody all of these qualities. Like my own ancestors, immigrants from all over the world come here seeking a better life for their families through their hard work and their innovative ideas.
We in the business community have waited too long for a system that facilitates immigrants’ contributions at the high and low ends of the skill spectrum rather than placing obstacles in their way.
The need for common sense immigration reform is both a question of economic necessity and of American values of creating opportunity through hard work, no matter one’s country of origin. Illinois businesses have long recognized that our immigration system simply is not working. The time has come for us to put politics aside and come together to fix it.