Immigration reform may be able to get through Congress this year, according to some of Illinois’ Republican lawmakers in Washington. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno) participated in a panel on immigration reform in Chicago. He believes that once legislators are done competing in the primaries, there’s an opportunity for a bill to pass. Kinzinger thinks common ground will be easier to find if both sides tone down their rhetoric.
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“I think if we can get away from, you know, people chaining themselves in our office, for instance, and demanding citizenship-which does not go over well with people, trust me, with people-more to a thing of ‘hey, how do we fix this problem and how do we become a stronger country?’, I think we can achieve this and I think we can achieve it pretty quick,” Kinzinger said. Kinzinger said some of the blame for the slow progress on this issue falls on right-wing talk radio for railing against the House conferencing with the Senate on any immigration bill. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) was also on the panel, and both he and Kinzinger agreed that border security has to be a part of any reform legislation.