Some of Illinois’ business leaders are calling for “common sense” immigration reform. They have formed the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, asking for both high-skilled and low-skilled workers, a path to citizenship, and for a green card to be granted automatically to foreign students who graduate with degrees in science, technology and engineering.
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Caterpillar boss Doug Oberhelman, speaking at the announcement today (Monday) in Chicago, says he wants to be able to hire good employees. “When we recruit engineers from Illinois, Perdue, Texas A&M, Stanford, wherever, we want the brightest talent. I don’t care if they’re born here in Chicago, in India, in Mexico or England, wherever they come from, we have to have the best talent on this planet for Caterpillar,” he said. The group is vowing to recruit 1,000 small business owners and 300 chief executives of larger firms to push for these reforms.