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You’re invited to join the discussion . . . Central Illinois Reasons for Reform: Thursday, Aug. 25th, Bloomington

Moving forward commonsense immigration reform in 2017 to grow the economy, create jobs, and keep families together . . .

Adam Nielsen, Director of National Legislation and Policy Development with the Illinois Farm Bureau, a member of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC), will join fellow IBIC members, faith and business leaders at the McLean County Chamber of Commerce to discuss central Illinois’ reasons for reform. On behalf of Illinois Farm Bureau’s more than 80,000 members, Nielsen will discuss why immigration reform is critical for Illinois’ agricultural sector and call for commonsense solutions in 2017. Reform must provide incentives to keep experienced guest workers in agricultural jobs and provide opportunities for new immigrant workers in the future.

Central Illinois needs common sense immigration reform to help rebuild the economy, secure the future of the agricultural workforce and ensure we can continue to produce our food here at home.

Join us! Please RSVP HERE 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS REASONS FOR REFORM

Moving forward commonsense immigration reform in 2017 to grow the economy, create jobs, and keep families together.

Thursday, August 25th10:00AM-11:30AM CST

McLean County Chamber of Commerce

2203 E. Empire StreetBloomington, IL 61704

RSVP REQUIRED

CONFIRMED PANELISTS:

RICK CHAMP, Director of Partner Development, Ignite Church Planting

LAURA FRERICHS, Director, University of Illinois Research Park & UIUC Economic Development

JEFF GRIFFIN, President, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce

CHARLIE MOORE, President, McLean County Chamber of Commerce

ADAM NIELSEN, Director of National Legislation and Policy Development, Illinois Farm Bureau

Did you know?

  • Over 57,000 immigrants are employed in the Midwest agricultural industry in crop production, labor-intensive dairy and live stock operations and food processing and handling. Midwest-based agribusinesses also depend on high-skilled immigrant engineers, scientists and technicians.
  • Immigrants are nearly twice as likely as U.S.-born to start new businesses.
  • Illinois’s undocumented immigrants contribute over $500 million in state taxes each year
  • 90% of patents created at the University of Illinois have at least one immigrant founder

For more information, contact Linda Fleener (lfleener@illinosbic.biz) or Rebecca Shi (rshi@illinoisbic.biz).

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