"Former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar advised the Illinois business community -- as well as the state's GOP politicians -- to get behind comprehensive immigration reform."
"There is no doubt in my mind," said former Gov. Jim Edgar this morning, "that the immigrant community brought a vitality to the Illinois economy. Often when I would be out and about, visiting the various communities, I would meet with recent immigrants and I would see their enthusiasm to move ahead, to be successful, to work, to raise a family -- all those things that are vital to having a strong economy here in Illinois."
Edgar's remarks came during his keynote address at the launch of the newly-formed Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, an iniative spearheaded by the Illinois Coailition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The coalition includes over 200 businesses that "support comprehensive immigration reform that legalizes the current undocumented workforce, creates new legal channels for future foreign workers and implements smart and effective enforcement measures."
Before Edgar took the podium, various other business leaders voiced their support for reform at the national level. "Sound immigration policy is critical to the health of this economy and our industry," said Sheila O'Grady, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association. "Immigration reform means more consumer spending," added Omar Duque, who heads the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "Immigration reform means more tax revenue. And it needs to happen now -- not next year, not after 2010 -- it needs to happen now."
~snipIllinois is leading the charge for immigration reform. We have got to stop this dead in it's tracks!!!!!
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