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.
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