Preview of What’s to Come in August

Digital Communications Manager

July 16, 2013

​WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the immigration reform debate heats up in the House of Representatives, an event Wednesday in Springfield, Ill., highlights the key role of faith, law enforcement and business leaders in the current push for reform.

In the past two years, the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network (BBB) has been organizing and executing pro-reform events with key local leaders nationwide. After a successful vote in the Senate, organizers and local groups are using this momentum and the wide support from the American public to intensify their efforts to get reform through the House, with dozens of highly targeted events planned in key congressional districts.

Details follow on the Springfield event, just one example of the many high-profile events that will take place across the country in coming weeks — before and during Congress’ August recess.

                                                                                                        

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Hosts Event Highlighting Need For Common Sense Immigration Reform

Springfield, Ill.  — On Wednesday, July 17th, business, faith and law enforcement leaders will gather for a morning forum on the need to push for commonsense immigration reform at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (1011 South Second Street, Springfield).

Sponsored by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) and Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network (BBB), the forum is designed to highlight why Illinois urgently needs commonsense immigration reform.

Tomorrow’s event comes at a time when Illinois leaders are starting to speak out for immigration reform across the state, with similar events scheduled in Champaign and Bloomington in late July and early August.

Panel discussion speakers will include:

•    Steward Sandstrom, President & CEO, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

•    Douglas L. Whitley, President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce; Steering Committee Member, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

•    Adam Nielsen, Director National Legislation  & Policy Development, Illinois Farm Bureau

•    Mark Peters, Corporate Counsel, Caterpillar Inc.

•    Patrick B. Perez, Kane County Sheriff

•    Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association

•    Christopher Brey, Reverend & Coordinator, Hispanic Ministries of the Diocese of Springfield

Speakers will share why the House of Representatives needs to find a commonsense solution to our broken immigration system that helps rebuild the Illinois economy, provides Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need and includes a pathway to citizenship.

IBIC promotes sensible immigration reform that supports the economic recovery of Illinois, 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 on IBIC, visit illinoisbic.biz; for more information on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, visit www.uschamber.com; for more information on the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce visit www.gscc.org; for more information IFB visit www.ilfb.org; and to more learn about BBB visit www.bbbimmigration.org.