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Nueva Vida Newsletter: May 2013
A message from Raul Raymundo
Dear friends and supporters,
As many of you know, The Resurrection Project (TRP) has been on the front lines fighting for comprehensive immigration reform for years. Momentum is finally building towards addressing this very important issue for our nation, but we cannot take anything for granted. Our organizers have taken to the community and local churches giving voice to leaders in the community, including our children, who are affected by our broken immigration system.
For me, immigration reform has never just been a moral or social justice issue: it has economic implications as well. According to a report released by the Immigration Policy Council in January 2010, comprehensive immigration reform will generate an annual increase in U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of at least 0.84 percent, which amounts to $1.5 trillion in additional GDP over 10 years. It also will boost wages, spurring local economic growth and investment. This infographic also demonstrates the tremendous impact comprehensive immigration reform will have on our national economy. We need reform that not only represents our values as a nation, but that represents the changing needs of our economy—an economy that is craving investment.
As a Co-Chair of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC), I am working across business sectors, across political divides, and together with immigrant advocates to enact common-sense reform that provides access to both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent that we need to sustain our global competitiveness. IBIC is recruiting small businesses and their leaders to pledge their support for common-sense immigration reform. I truly believe that immigration reform is no longer an option; it’s a necessity for our local economies to once again prosper. We need to stop destroying the social fabric that has made this country great, and build on its legacy as a nation of immigrants.
CEO, The Resurrection Project
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You can also read our separate articles below. In this issue of our newsletter:
TRP, 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, and 15 other community organizations from in and around Chicago’s Pilsen community participated in Comcast Cares Day.
A young couple almost gave up on their dream of owning a home, until speaking to TRP. How does their home purchase help an entire neighborhood?
TRP took part in IHDA’s first annual homebuyer expo to help local families realize their dreams of owning a home.
TRP joined children and partners on an important march into downtown Chicago.
TRP CEO Raul Raymundo joined Mayor Emanuel and local leaders to announce the launch of a very special coalition.
TRP will be hosting a special La Casa Open House Event to give students a sneak peak of student housing…and a very special incentive!
Another visit from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and two mentions in the Chicago Tribune highlight this month’s TRP media mentions!
By the Numbers
What is the economic impact of integrating 11 million undocumented immigrants? Click on the infographic below to see!