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The Carolinas

Promoting sensible immigration reform that supports the U.S. economy, provides American companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens.


About ABIC in the Carolinas

ABIC Carolina is a chapter representing both North and South Carolina, purposed to promote sensible immigration reform that supports the U.S. economy and welcome immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens.

We bring together Carolinas’ business and community leaders who support common sense immigration reform, to push for enactment of permanent immigration solutions to address labor shortages, improve our economy, and keep families together.

Our State Director in the Carolinas

Yahel Flores
Director for the Carolinas

Yahel Flores

Yahel Flores is the Director for the Carolinas. He is a DACA recipient. Born in CD Juarez Chihuahua, raised in Winston Salem, NC. Prior to joining ABIC he was in the supply chain industry. Handling international imports for multiple corporate companies. He was a multisport athlete growing up that honed his skills in leadership, work ethic, and helped him give back to his community.

He is a father to a 9-year-old little boy. After high school and during college, he started a few businesses to self-fund his education while attending Guilford College. While at Guilford, he was active with Soy Un Lider conference to help high school seniors navigate the college application process. He was also a part of Hispanos Unidos De Guilford. Yahel and his family are personally affected by immigration policies and reform, which is why he looks forward to working to improve the lives of immigrants in the Carolinas.

What We Do

ABIC Carolinas

Collaborates with more than 90 CEOS, small business owners, and immigrant advocacy organizations to lift their voices through forums and in the media in support of common sense immigration reform.

Convenes roundtables and press conferences with immigration reform advocates, including top business leaders, to encourage congressional lawmakers to see immigrants as the solution to grow the economy, and not a political issue.

News & Updates

Read the Latest News & Commentary

April 16, 2024

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Sens. Durbin and Padilla, Labor, Business and Mixed-Status Families — Access to Work Permits for Long-Term Immigrants Equals $5B More in Taxes

July 11, 2022

ABIC Applauds Governor Roy Cooper’s Veto of SB 101 “Show Me Your Papers” 

July 11, 2022

NPR: Appeals court hears arguments over GOP-leaning states’ suit to end DACA

Steering Committee Members

Gris Bailey

Gris Bailey

President, and CEO of Latin American Chamber of commerce of Charlotte
Martin Eakes

Martin Eakes

CEO, Self-Help Center for Responsible Landing
Marty Kotis

Marty Kotis

Kotis Holdings, CEO and Owner
Hugh McColl Jr.

Hugh McColl

Retired Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
Bob Page

Bob Page

Chairman and CEO, Replacement, Ltd.

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