CHICAGO, Ill. -- Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman joined together with Illinois business and civic leaders on Monday to call for the passage of common sense immigration reform.
The group gathered in Chicago Monday to announce the formation of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition or IBIC.
Members of the group said they will use their influence to push for reform to provide Illinois companies with the workers they need, while offering immigrants a path to citizenship.
In his speech, Oberhelman addressed gaps in the U.S. workforce in both lower-skilled positions and highly-skilled positions like engineers and scientists.
He said immigrant workers are helping companies like Caterpillar remain productive and competitive and comprehensive immigration reform is vital for continued success.
The bipartisan group hopes to recruit the support of 1,000 small businesses and 300 CEO's.