A labor group distributed leaflets on the Federal Plaza in Chicago today Friday critical of U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.). The issue is immigration reform, which Kirk voted against sending to the Senate floor for debate. Gilda Brown, who says she’s an immigrant from Belize who’s now a U.S. citizen, says she doesn’t have to fear deportation on a daily basis the way illegal immigrants do.
“I would like for all the rest of immigrants to have that peace of mind, to wake up each day to say that they own a part of America too,” she said. She said Kirk, by his vote, was being “unfair.”
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The Service Employees International Union had members carrying flags for Flag Day, marching around the plaza and distributing leaflets.
The bill in question would allow illegal immigrants to gain legal status and apply for citizenship, and increase legal immigration. Kirk has said he can’t support it until certain border security standards are met. The measure went to the Senate floor even over Kirk’s objection, by a vote of 84-15.