CHICAGO - Earlier this week, the Illinois Republican Party announced it was holding a reception in honor of Exelon's Chairman Emeritus John Rowe. Interestingly, Rowe keynoted an event Wednesday in Chicago hosted by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), a liberal, pro-amnesty organization with close ties to the Illinois Democrat Party.
In a Sun-Times interview, Rowe said the business case for immigration reform is the need for “high-end people for all sorts of very demanding jobs." But he also conceded that "in many ways the so-called less-skilled people are equally important."
In his ICIRR speech, Rowe gave 2-to-1 odds that immigration reform legislation will be passed this year, saying, “I think the president has committed himself more firmly than ever,” he said. “The Democratic leadership is committed. Republicans like Lindsay Graham and John McCain who’ve been saying this needs to be done for years now have more support in their caucuses, so I just think its going to happen … The fact that the unions are now working with the president on a bill is a very positive thing.”