Last updated on: 1/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

David Borris Biography

Title:
Owner and co-founder of Hel's Kitchen Catering in Northbrook, IL
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Research cited at both ends of the political spectrum shows that reform with a path to citizenship would have double the positive economic impact that a version that doesn’t allow for full integration into our communities would. This just makes sense — if you are in it for the long haul, you’re far more likely to invest in the community than if you are just on a temporary or guest worker ‘tour of duty.’

We need people buying homes, putting down roots, building the tax base and, yes, starting new small businesses. On that point, immigration is decidedly an entrepreneurial issue. Immigrants are more than twice as likely as natural-born citizens to start a business. That means immigrants are job creators — not job takers.”

“Mark Kirk Is on Wrong Side of Immigration Reform — and Growth,” Crain’s Chicago Business, June 12, 2013

[Editor’s Note: David Borris expressed a Con E-Verify position in a May 17, 2013 Washington Post article cowritten with Cristina McNeil and ReShonda Young, titled “On Its Own, E-Verify Places Too Heavy a Burden on Small Businesses.”]

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Owner and co-founder, Hel’s Kitchen Catering (Northbrook, IL), 1985-present
  • Executive Committee member, Main Street Alliance
  • President, Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA)
  • Panelist, AFL-CIO Summit on Raising Wages, Jan. 7, 2015
Education:
  • Graduated, New Trier West High School (IL), 1973
Other:
  • Lives in Highland Park, IL
  • Married to Cari Borris, co-founder of Hel’s Kitchen Catering
  • Testified on health insurance before the US House Ways and Means Committee, Apr. 22, 2009
  • Quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, and other media outlets
Quoted in:
  1. Should E-Verify Be Mandatory for All Employers?