Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently launched a “Partnership for a New American Economy” a coalition of Chief Executives from major Corporations to push for immigration reform for America’s undocumented. One of their goals is to reshape the national conversation around what it is calling the “economic case for sensible immigration reform,” citing statistics like immigrants generating more than 5 percent of the national gross domestic product and owning companies which have created 400,000 new American jobs since 1990.
In an important press conference in Chicago, Billy Lawless from Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform joined Illinois officials and law enforcement personnel to call for reform nationwide. “We ask our police officers to protect and serve and put their lives on the line, but right now they can’t do their jobs because of the burdens of the broken immigration system,” said Billy Lawless, Board Member of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “When police can’t do their jobs, we should all be concerned.” See a report of the press conference.