Bruce Rauner says a push from the governor on members of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform could motivate them to act on the issue. Rauner says he’s in favor on a comprehensive reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for those who are now illegal immigrants, though he hasn’t specified what sort of pathway he would support. If he’s elected governor, he promises he’ll talk with members of Congress to try and get immigration legislation moving in Washington.
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“I know many of our representatives in Congress. I am very close and work closely with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). I’ve worked with (Sen.) Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and we know each other quite well,” Rauner said. “I will push our congressional delegation to push for comprehensive immigration reform.” Both Kirk and Durbin voted for the 2013 Senate immigration reform bill which has never been brought up for a vote in the House.
Several Illinois Republicans serving in the House opposed the Senate bill and have expressed doubts about offering a pathway to citizenship as part of any reform measure, including Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).