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Advisory: Dick Durbin, Luis Gutierrez, Tammy Duckworth join CEOs and advocates to advance immigration reform in 2017

Democrat and business leaders for immigration reform 
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US Senator Dick Durbin, Reps Luis Gutierrez and Tammy Duckworth join Illinois's business, faith, Latino and immigrant leaders to
support immigration reform in 2017
Joining National Citizenship Day , elected officials and business leaders will celebrate the integration of immigrants as workers, entrepreneurs and citizens. Recent Q3 2016 data saw a 32.1% increase in naturalization compared to the same quarter 2015

CHICAGO, IL — ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19 2016 AT 9:30AM CST, the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) will host a forum to support commonsense immigration reform featuring prominent Illinois business leaders and Illinois's Democrat policymakers. Speakers will come together to address engaging bipartisan members of Congress on real solutions to our broken immigration system and pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2017 that expands visas for high and low skilled workers and agricultural workers, and creates a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

Joining the national citizenship day celebration, speakers will discuss the national effort to mobilize employers and voters to support comprehensive immigration reform. Recent Q3 2016 data saw a 32.1% increase in naturalization compared to the same quarter 2015. 

IBIC works to bring Republicans and Democrats together to advance real solutions to our broken immigration system that is good for business, good for our nation and good for Latino and immigrant families. IBIC's Democrat event follows IBIC's forum with Illinois and Florida Republican leaders to support immigration reform - press clips HERE. Passing commonsense immigration legislation in 2017 would reduce the federal deficit by nearly $900 billion and would strengthen Social Security by $700 billion.

WHAT: Roundtable discussion featuring US Senator Dick Durbin, Reps Luis Gutierrez and Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat and business leaders on the topic of making commonsense immigration reform a reality in 2017 that expands high and low skilled visas, agricultural visas and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Joining the national Citizenship Day Celebration, speakers will also discuss the spike in eligible immigrants becoming citizens across the nation this year. 

WHEN: Monday September 19, 2016
9:30AM - 11:30AM CST

WHERE: The Resurrection Project - La Casa
1815 South Paulina Avenue
Chicago, IL  60608        

VISUAL: Senator Durbin, Reps Gutierrez and Duckworth filling out citizenship applications for aspiring Americans. 

FACTS: Immigrants are job creators, innovators and taxpayers

·  Immigrants started 1 of 4 American businesses and high-tech startups

·  40% of Fortune 500 companies are founded by immigrants or children of immigrants

·  90% of patents from the University of Illinois has had at least one immigrant inventor

·  $5.4 billion in total net business income is generated by immigrant businesses in Illinois

- Naturalization - the process in which eligible immigrants become citizens - increases individual earnings an average of 8.9% or $3,2000, increases the employment rate by 2.2 percentage points, and increases homeownership by 6.3 percentage points.

·  Latinos and Asians in Illinois have purchasing power of $77.5 Billion

·  Undocumented immigrants pay $793.7 million in Illinois state and local taxes each year

·  Illinois would lose $25.6 Billion in economic activity, $11.4 Billion in gross state productive and 120,000 jobs if all undocumented immigrated were removed

·  Massive deportation would cost America $600 billion to implement while real GDP would drop by nearly $1.6 trillion and shave 5.7 percent off economic growth.

About IBIC: The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition promotes commonsense 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. For more information please visit

John Rowe, Exelon Chairman Emeritus; Sam Scott, Corn Products Int'l Inc former CEO; Carole Segal, Crate and Barrel Co-Founder; Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber of Commerce CEO; William Kunkler III, CC Industries, Inc; Josh Hoyt, National Partnership for New Americans Executive Director; Raul Raymundo, The Resurrection Project CEO; Dave Bender, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois; Terry Howerton, TechNexus CEO; Tom Cross, former Illinois House Minority Leader; Jim Edgar, former Illinois Governor; Sam Toia Illinois Restaurant Association CEO; Ron Gidwitz, CGC Partners Co-Founder; Susan Crown, Susan Crown Exchange Inc. President;  Barry MacLean, MacLean-Fogg CEO; Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, DePaul University President; Scott C Swanson, PNC Bank President; Jose Luis Prado, Former Quaker Food CEO; Marc J. Gordon, Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association CEO; Rich Guebert, Jr., IL Farm Bureau President; Pat Magoon, Lurie Children's Hospital President; Greg Baise, Illinois Manufacturers' Association CEO; Ezequiel Flores, Flying Retail CEO; Michael Englehart, Presence Health System CEO; Sergio Suarez, North American Institute for Mexican Advancement CEO; A.J. Wilhelmi Illinois Hospital Association CEO; Donna Carroll, Dominican University President; Alejandro Silva, Evans Food Group CEO; Clare Munana, Ancora Associates President; Esther Corpuz,Alivio Medical Center CEO; Karina Sanchez, Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO; Carmen Velasquez, Making a Difference Senior Advisor;Todd Schulte, CEO; Phil Barreda, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council CEO, Inc; Fred Hoch Illinois Technology Association CEO; Mark Harris, IL Science and Technology Coalition CEO; Ellen Rudnick, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Director; Billy Lawless, Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform President; Anna Morzy, Polish American Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman; Jaime di Paulo, Little Village Chamber of Commerce CEO; Tony Shu, Chinatown Chamber of Commerce President; Susan Patel, Devon Chamber of Commerce CEO; Juan Gaytan, Monterrey Security CEO; Juan Ochoa, Miramar Group CEO; Mexico City Initiative


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