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May 26, 2017
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112 CEOs Back BRIDGE Act

112 CEOs from Illinois, Florida and Colorado Back BRIDGE Act

Bipartisan legislation protects undocumented youth - "DREAMers" from deportations and allows them to continue to study, work and pay taxes 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ---- A growing list of business and civic leaders from Illinois, Florida and Colorado are calling on President Trump and Congressional leaders to support the bipartisan BRIDGE Act to protect undocumented youth from deportations. 

In a letter organized by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, 112 CEOs and employers call for the protection of DREAMers from deportations and passage of the BRIDGE Act to enable them to continue to go to school, work, pay taxes and contribute to our economy and country. 

This week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-NC) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) re-introduced BRIDGE Act with House sponsors Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). Additional U.S. Senate co-sponsors include Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Kamala Harris (D-CA). Additional U.S. House co-sponsors include Jeff Denham (R-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Carlos L. Curbelo (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Judy Chu (D-CA). 

The bipartisan legislation provides a clean, legislative solution for 750,000 Dreamers who earned work permits and temporary relief from deportation under DACA - Defer Action for Childhood Arrivals. If passed, teachers, nurses, engineers and entrepreneurs will continue to work, create jobs, pay taxes, buy homes, and contribute to our economy and country. 

Removing 750,000 people from the workforce would be an economic disaster and cost our country $433.4 billion in lost GDP over a decade. 

Signatories include Exelon Corporation Chairman Emeritus and IBIC Co-Chair JOHN ROWE​, MBF Healthcare Partners Chairman MICHAEL B. FERNANDEZ,​ Former Major League Baseball Player ALEX RODRIGUEZ "A-ROD"​, Crate and Barrel Co-Founder CAROLE SEGAL​, CC Industries Executive Vice President BILL KUNKLER,​ Denver Center for the Performing Arts Chairman DAN RITCHIE,​ Founder of Western Industrial Contractors BARBARA GROGAN​, United Airlines former CEO GLENN TILTON,​ HEICO CEO LAURANS A. MENDELSON​, the Potamkin Companies Co-Chairman ALAN POTAMKIN,​ the Duchossois Group CEO CRAIG DUCHOSSOIS​, GCG Partners CEO RON GIDWITZ​, Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation Chairman DR. BYRAN TRAUBERT,​ Century Homebuilders Group CEO SERGIO PINO​, Pritzker Group Co-Founder and Managing Partner JB PRITZKER, Willis Towers Watson Group Managing Partner JOHN ATKINSON​, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group CEO DAN COSTELLO​, Evans Food CEO JOSE LUIS PRADO​, Accenture North America CEO, retired, JORGE BENITEZ​ join 93 CEOs to support BRIDGE. 

In the letter, business and civic leaders state: 

"BRIDGE provides a clean pathway for roughly 750,000 young people who have DACA to keep living, working and paying taxes in the United States. DACA has allowed Dreamers to work in every industry and at nearly every single major company in America. Six percent of DACA recipients have also launched businesses that employ native-born American citizens. Almost 55 percent of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten — or 12 percent — have purchased their first home...We hope members in both parties and President Elect Trump will support this critical legislation. DACA-recipients are proof that when undocumented immigrants are brought out of the shadows and legally enter the workforce, they contribute even more to our nation by paying taxes, purchasing homes and strengthening public safety and national security." 

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 www.illinoisbic.biz 

112 CEOs Back BRIDGE ACT

Dear President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

WE, the undersigned, urge you to support the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Congressmen Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), which provides a clean, legislative solution for 750,000 Dreamers who earned work permits and temporary relief from deportation under DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The bipartisan legislation provides a clean pathway for roughly 750,000 young people who have DACA to keep living, working and paying taxes in the United States.

If passed, teachers, nurses, engineers and entrepreneurs will continue to work, create jobs, pay taxes, buy homes, and contribute to our economy and country.

DACA has allowed Dreamers to work in every industry and at nearly every single major company in America. Six percent of DACA recipients have also launched businesses that employ native-born American citizens. Almost 55 percent of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten — or 12 percent — have purchased their first home. 

Without Congressional action, it’s likely that these young people, who have known no other home, would be deported to a country that is unfamiliar to them. Removing 750,000 people from the workforce in a single day would cost $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade. 

Recipients are heavily vetted – to qualify for BRIDGE, like DACA, young immigrants must pass a rigorous background check and screening. In addition to growing our tax base, they strengthen our national security. BRIDGE is economically important, morally right, politically smart and will strengthen our national security. 

We hope members in both parties and President Elect Trump will support this critical legislation. DACA-recipients are proof that when undocumented immigrants are brought out of the shadows and legally enter the workforce, they contribute even more to our nation by paying taxes, purchasing homes and strengthening public safety and national security. 

We commit to working with you to modernize our immigration system that secures the nation, upholds our constitution, protects immigrant workers, and creates an economy that works for all Americans.

Sincerely Yours,

John Rowe Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation Chicago, Illinois
Samuel C. Scott III, Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Former Chief Executive Officer, Ingredion Incorporated Chairman, Chicago Sister Cities International Program Chicago, Illinois
Michael "Mike" B. Fernandez Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners Coral Gables, Florida
Alex Rodriguez "A-ROD" Former Major League Baseball Player
Laurans A. Mendelson CEO, HEICO Hollywood, Florida
Carole Browe Segal Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Co-founder, Crate and Barrel Chicago, Illinois
Jorge Benitez CEO, Accenture North America, Retired Miami, Illinois
Glenn Tilton Retired Chairman and CEO, United Airlines Chicago, Illinois
Barbara Grogan Founder and former CEO, Western Industrial Contractors Trustee, Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees Denver, Colorado
Dan Ritchie Chairman, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Chairman Emeritus, University of Denver Denver, Colorado
Kelly Brough CEO, Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Denver, Colorado
Mark Cordova CEO, Centenial Bolt Denver CEO, Cordova Bolt LA Denver, Colorado
Michael Kaplan President & CEO, Aspen Skiing Company Aspen, Colorado
Bill Kunkler Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Vice President, CC Industries Chicago, Illinois
Susan Crown Chairman & Founder of Susan Crown Exchange Inc. Chicago, Illinois
Joe Arriola Chairman, Jackson Health Trust Miami, Florida
Alan Potamkin Co-Chairman, The Potamkin Companies Miami, Florida
Ron Gidwitz CEO, GCG Partners Chicago, Illinois
Craig Duchossois CEO, The Duchossois Group Elmhurst, Illinois
Dr. Bryan Traubert Chairman,The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation (PTFF) Chicago, Illinois
Florentino Herran CEO, Sedanos Supermarkets Miami, Florida
Dr. Eduardo Padron President, Miami Dade College Miami, Florida
Dr. Julio Frenk President, University of Miami Miami, Florida
Sergio Pino CEO, Century Homebuilders Group Miami, Florida
JB Pritzker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Pritzker Group Chicago, Illinois  
Vance Aloupis CEO, The Children’s Movement of Florida Miami, Florida
Mario Murgado CEO, Brickell Motors Miami, Florida
David Lawrence CEO, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation Miami, Florida
Carlos Saladrigas Chairman, The Regis Group Inc. Miami, Florida
Mark Rosenberg President, Florida International University Miami, Florida
Dave Bender Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Lincoln, Illinois
Todd Maisch Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Springfield, Illinois
Raul Raymundo Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition CEO, The Resurrection Project Chicago, Illinois
Joshua Hoyt Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Director, National Partnership for New Americans Chicago, Illinois
John L. Anderson Former President, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois
John Atkinson Managing Partner, Willis Towers Watson Chicago, Illinois
Doug Baker President, Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois Norman R. Bobins
Norman Bobins Consulting LLC Chicago, Illinois
John Bucksbaum CEO, Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC Chicago, Illinois
Donna M. Carroll President, Dominican University River Forest, Illinois
Martin R. Castro President, Castro Synergies, LLC River Forest, Illinois
Alan Channing President & CEO, Sinai Health System Chicago, Illinois
Dan Costello CEO, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group Chicago, Illinois
Alan W. Cramb President, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois
Tom Cross Former Republican Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives Aurora, Illinois
Father Brendan Curran Catholic Businesses for Immigration Reform Chicago, Illinois
Omar Duque President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Illinois
Robert Easter Former President, University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois
Hon. Jim Edgar Former Governor, State of Illinois Springfield, Illinois
Ezequiel Flores CEO, Flying Food Retail LLC Chicago, Illinois
Juan Gaytan CEO, Monterrey Security Chicago, Illinois
Christopher Gladwin CEO & Founder, Cleversafe Chicago, Illinois
Marc J. Gordon President & CEO, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Chicago, Illinois
Mark Harris President & CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Chicago, Illinois
Ed Hoch President of the Illinois Technology Association Chicago, Illinois
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider President, DePaul University Chicago, Illinois
Terry Howerton, Founder, TechNexus Chicago, Illinois
Maria Christopoulos Katris CEO, Built In Chicago, Illinois
Christopher G. Kennedy Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. Chicago, Illinois
Timothy L. Killeen President, University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois
Senator Billy Lawless Owner, The Gage and Henri Chicago, Illinois
Ken Lehman Managing Partner, KKP Group, LLC Evanston, Illinois
Patrick M. Magoon President & CEO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
Barry MacLean President & CEO of MacLean-Fogg Company Mundelein, Illinois
Anna Morzy President, Polish American Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Illinois
Clare Muñana President, Ancora Associates, Inc. Chicago, Illinois
Juan Ochoa President, Miramar Group Riverside, Illinois
Maureen Pikarski Partner, Gordon & Pikarski Chicago, Illinois
Jose Luis Prado CEO, Evans Food Chicago, Illinois
Rich Guebert, Jr. President, Illinois Farm Bureau Bloomington, Illinois
Ken Raskin Chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association and owner of Manny's Deli Chicago, Illinois
Ellen Rudnick Senior Advisor on Entrepreneurship & Adjunct Professor, The University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
Jesse Ruiz Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Chicago, Illinois
Michael Sacks Chairman & CEO, Grosvenor Capital Management Chicago, Illinois
Jos Saldana President & CEO, Biba Global Chicago, Illinois
Sam Sanchez CEO of SamCo Partners Chicago, Illinois
Byron Spruell Vice Chairman and Chicago Managing Principal for Deloitte LLP Chicago, Illinois
Scott C. Swanson Regional President, PNC Bank Chicago, Illinois
Karen Teitelbaum President & CEO, Sinai Health Chicago, Illinois
Sam Toia President, Illinois Restaurant Association Chicago, Illinois
William Von Hoene Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Exelon Corporation Chicago, Illinois
Edward J. Wehmer President & CEO of Wintrust Financial Corporation Rosemont, Illinois
Maryjane A. Wurth President & CEO, Illinois Hospital Association Naperville, Illinois
Jaime di Paulo Executive Director, Little Village Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Illinois
Hedy Ratner Co-Founder, Women’s Business Development Center Chicago, Illinois
Cyril Regan President Chicago Irish Immigrant Support Chicago, Illinois
Frederick Waddell President & CEO, Northern Trust Corporation Chicago, Illinois
Sergio Suarez President, North American Institute for Mexican Advancement Melrose Park, Illinois
A.J. Wilhelmi President & CEO, Illinois Health and Hospital Association Naperville, Illinois
Doug L. Whitley Former President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Illinois
David Miller Executive Director, Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise Denver, Colorado
Mike Ferrufino President & CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver Denver, Colorado
Antonio Argiz Chairman and CEO, MBAF Miami, Florida
Christine Cikowski Executive Chef and Managing Partner, Honey Butter Fried Chicken Chicago, Illinois
Sarah Pang Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, CNA Financial Corporation Chicago, Illinois
Craig Freedman, President and CEO, Freedman Seating Company
Marisela Rosales Lawson, Founding partner, Sagence, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Tom Hurvis, Founder and Chairman, Old World Industries, LLC, Northbrook, Illinois
James Cryan, Founder and CEO, Rocky Mountain Prep, Denver and Aurora, Colorado
Rob Lowe, CEO, Wellspring Worldwide, Chicago, Illinois
Jessica Droste Yagan, CEO, Impact Engine, Chicago, Illinois
Sam Yagan, CEO, ShopRunner, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Kal Mahmood, President, Old World Industries, Inc., Northbrook, Illinois
Samir Mayekar, CEO, SiNode Systems, Chicago, Illinois
Martin P. Slark, Vice Chairman and CEO, Molex, LLC, Lisle, Illinois
Michael Polsky, Founder & CEO, Invenergy, Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Leaders Push for Immigration Reform in Belvidere
Business, education, faith and law enforcement leaders joined for a solutions-oriented discussion on immigration in Belvidere. Participants included Dr. Doug Baker, President, Northern Illinois University, Joe Sosnowski, State Representative, Illinois’ 69th District, Harry Alten, Chairman, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, Ben Taylor, Director, US Chamber of Commerce–Great Lakes Region, and Irakere Picon, undocumented law student, Northern Illinois University. 

Read the full coverage here:

Rockford Register Star
NIU Today
NIU Hosts Education, Biz, Faith Leaders Making Case For Reform

At the Northern Illinois University - Naperville campus, the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition joined Doug Baker, NIU President; Manny Sanchez, Former NIU Trustee and Managing Partner at Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman; Billy Lawless, Executive Committee Board Member of the Illinois Restaurant Association; Emily Gray, Executive Director of World Relief DuPage/Aurora. 

Read about the coverage here:
Chicago Tribune
Naperville Sun
NIU Today 

Bloomington Biz & Faith Leaders Support Immigration Reform

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition hosted an immigration roundtable at the  McLean Chamber of Commerce with speakers from the business and faith community highlighting why McLean County and Illinois economy as a whole need common sense immigration reform.

Farmweek
Pantagraph 
WJBC (Radio)
The Catholic Post
Hispanic Business

Springfield Immigration Roundtable - Biz, Faith Law Enforcement
Leaders

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition members, law enforcement and faith leaders at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce to call on the Illinois House delegation to demonstrate leadership and support common sense immigration reform. 

Read the full coverage here:

WICS (ABC TV Affiliate)
WNIJ (NPR Affiliate)

 

Small Biz Leaders' Press Call On House GOP Leadership

Small and medium business leaders joined a press call to express disappointment  of House Republican leadership on their immigration plan.Call participants included: IBIC Co-Chair, Dave Bender; President & CEO of Naperville Chamber of Commerce, Mike Evans; President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Omar Duque; President of Ace Industries & Chairman of Illinois Manufacturers' Association, Mike Holewinski. 

Read about the coverage of the press call:
Alton Daily News
Naperville Sun
Aurora Beacon
Progress Illinois

Jim Edgar, biz execs urge Mark Kirk to back immigration bill

Top CEOs Release Urgent Call for Leadership on Immigration from Illinois Senators.

Read the full article at the Chicago Sun Times.

The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Calls For Common Sense
Immigration Reform

The Illinois economy needs the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math provisions in immigration reform to remain competitive globally...

Read the full article at Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois CEOs, pushing immigration, turn up the heat on
D.C. delegation

Immigration reform is shaping up to be the focus of the most serious congressional lobbying effort by Illinois business leaders in years....

Read the full article at Crain's Chicago Business.

IBIC Steering Committee member Rachel Bronson promotes
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IBIC Steering Committee member Rachel Bronson, VP at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, promotes common sense reform in Ohio.

Cleveland.com: Immigration reform expected to boost Midwest cities like Cleveland

Cleveland.com: Greater Cleveland needs to re-establish itself as an immigrant magnet: editorial

IBIC Launch in the news

Read coverage of the launch event for the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, Co-Hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and IBIC Steering Committee Member Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc.

Launch Coverage

Univision National (Viviana Avila package): Surgen nuevas voces de apoyo para una reforma migratoria

Hispanically Speaking News: While Rubio Pauses on Immigration Chicago Unites to Push for Immigration Reform

HOY: Empresarios apoyan una reforma migratoria

Chicago Tribune: Caterpillar CEO: Immigrant employees key to helping U.S. compete

Bloomberg: Caterpillar CEO Says Visa Reform Needed to Ease Workforce Gaps

Associated Press: Illinois businesses push immigration reform

FOX TV Chicago: Illinois businesses push 'common-sense' immigration reform

Southtown Star (published AP wire): Business leaders join forces to push for immigration reform

Crain's Business (published AP wire): Illinois businesses push 'common-sense' immigration reform

State Journal Register (published AP wire): Illinois businesses push immigration reform

Chicago Daily Herald (published AP wire): Illinois business coalition pushes immigration reform

Washington Examiner (published AP wire): Illinois businesses push immigration reform

Peoria Journal Star (published AP wire): Illinois businesses push immigration reform

Progress Illinois (published AP wire): Illinois Business Coalition Calls For 'Common Sense' Immigration Reform

SF Gate: Illinois businesses push immigration reform

FOX Illinois: Business Leaders Push For Immigration Reform

eNews Park Forest: Mayor Rahm Emanuel Joins Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman To Launch Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe Makes Business Argument for Immigration
Reform on Chicago Tonight Interview
IBIC In the News
 Chicago Tribune: Local CEOs Fight Trump's immigration plan
 The Wall Street Journal: EDITORIAL: Trump’s Immigration Chance
 Chicago Tribune: It's immigrants who have made America great
 CRAIN'S Chicago Business: Business Leaders Support BRIDGE
 Chicago Tribune: No unauthorized immigrants? Manufacturing, hospitality workforces would struggle
 The Hill: Graham, Durbin re-introduce bill to protect DREAMers
 Univision: Grupo bipartidista presenta nuevo proyecto de ley para extender proteccion a los dreamers
 Local small business leaders decry GOP immigration plan
 Illinois immigration reform advocates to U.S. House GOP Leadership: Take up the Senate bill 
 Wall-Street Journal: Businesses Press House To Pass Immigration Provisions 
Alton Daily News: Public Policy Poll Reveals Strong Support For Immigration Reform
Immigration Reform is Urgently Needed In STEM Industry
Illinois Restauranteur Orders Up Immigration Reform
Chicago Tribune Op-Ed: Immigration reform a boon for business
Illinois Chamber of Commerce: Illinois, The Nation needs Common Sense Immigration Reform
NegociosNow.com:  Empresarios crean coalición pro-inmigrante
IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe: Immigration System "defies American values of hard work and fairness, and it is economically stupid."
Illinois Manufacturers' Association President's Report: The re-awakening of the American Dream (.pdf)
DePaul Newsline: DePaul, other universities and businesses form new coalition pushing immigration reform
Street Insider: Illinois Technology Association (ITA) Announces Appointment of Sarah Habansky to the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Stockhouse: Illinois Technology Association (ITA) Announces Appointment of Sarah Habansky to the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
FarmWeek: Illinois business coalition seeks wide-ranging solutions (.pdf)
 IBIC Member Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., touts immigration at transportation conference
 Crain's Chicago Business Op-Ed: IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe On the Business and Moral Argument for Common Sense Immigration Reform
 Chicago Sun-Times: IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe Speaks at Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Symposium
 Chicago Sun-Times: IBIC Steering Committee Member Greg Brown Meets with President Obama on Common Sense Immigration Reform

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