(The following is a statement issued by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition on President Obama's immigration executive order. For more information about the coalition and its members, visit its website.
Chicago, Illinois -- The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) released the following statement today. IBIC is co-chaired by Exelon Chairman Emeritus John Rowe, Crate and Barrel Co-Founder Carole Segal, former Corn Products International CEO Sam Scott, former Illinois Chamber of Commerce CEO Doug Whitley, Resurrection Project CEO Raul Raymundo, American Council of Engineering Companies of IL Executive Director Dave Bender and National Partnership for New Americans Executive Director Joshua Hoyt.
The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) represents a growing and diverse set of businesses and business associations across the state. IBIC provides a voice for Illinois businesses in support of common sense immigration reform that supports Illinois' economic recovery, provides Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and promotes the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens.
See the rest of the statement at Reboot Illinois, including how the IBIC thinks Congress should be involved in such immigration action.
Speaking of Congress, a member of the House of Representatives from Illinois was in the spotlight recently. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a double-amputee Iraq War veteran, asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi if she could vote in the Democratic caucus by proxy during the fall's legislative session because she was in the late stages of her pregnancy and could not vote (Duckworth welcomed a baby daughter Nov. 18). Pelosi denied the request. Comedian journalist Jon Stewart mocked Pelosi on the "Daily Show" for standing the way of the voting rights of a working mother trying to participate in the Democratic process, when Pelosi usually stands up for such people. See Stewart's entire segment at Reboot Illinois and find out how exactly the word "tur-Duckworth" fits into all of this.