Advocates for immigration reform will be pressing the case with the Illinois congressional delegation.  The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights wants a bill drafted and ready for committee consideration in the U.S. Senate by March 21.
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Yesenia Sanchez, a member of the coalition, says they’re activating the grass roots, sending 5,000 post cards to several members of the Illinois congressional delegation: U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), Aaron Schock (R-Peoria), Randall M. Hultgren (R-Winfield), Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline), William L. Enyart (D-Belleville) and Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), and U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.). The other members are considered to be already on board or a lost cause.
The group articulated the components of any immigration reform that it wants to see:
  • A speedy citizenship process for those who are here now illegally
  • Measures that reunite families, or that don’t break them apart in the first place.
  • Recognition that much effort and money has already been spent, and progress made, on border security.
  • Opportunities for workers to come to the U.S. legally, so that workers are protected from abuse
  • Integration of all immigrants into American society, including those who gain legal status or citizenship under the new law
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