Please join the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition and Northern Illinois University for a panel discussion in support of common sense immigration reform. This forum will foster a solutions-oriented conversation among leaders of the local business, education and faith communities at this critical moment in the national debate on immigration reform.
DID YOU KNOW?• Immigrants are nearly twice as likely as U.S.-born to start new businesses according to analysis of entrepreneurial activities between 1996 and 2008.
• Currently, 75 percent of hired agricultural workers in the United States are foreign born.
• The 2009 purchasing power of Illinois’ Latinos totaled $43.6 billion—an increase of 393.4% since 1990.
• Illinois’ 59,367 Asian-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $18.5 billion and employed 102,991 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners.