Immigration Panel

The time for immigration reform is now according to leaders across the state that participated in a recent forum.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, World Relief, and Bibles, Badges and Business sponsored the event held at Community Christian Church.

Each organization brings to the table a unique perspective in the debate surrounding immigration reform, but they all agree a sensible solution involves a path to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented citizens currently living in the U.S.

“To suggest that somebody is going to steal somebody else’s job is just stupid,” said President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Douglas Whitley.

“Every additional job means someone is getting a paycheck, somebody is making a mortgage, somebody is shopping down the street, somebody is tithing to their church, because they’ve got employment.”

Panelists focused on their individual experiences and beliefs that have led them to support what they call common sense reform.

“We have to create some sort of mechanism to enable people to become citizens of this great country,” said David Dial, Director of Criminal Justice at Aurora University and former Police Chief of Naperville. “They shouldn’t have to live in fear of the government tearing these families apart.”

President and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Mike Evans moderated the discussion.

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