Illinois Republicans will join the archbishop of Chicago today for a news conference calling for an immigration solution this year. Headlined by Gov. Bruce Rauner and U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.), the group seeks a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants. Two Illinois Republican congressmen are not exactly in support.
“I think the consensus among the majority (in Congress) is, let’s do a piece-by-piece process: secure the borders, ag workers (etc.),” says U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville). “Getting to the point of citizenship is probably beyond the scope of the governing majorities in the legislative branch right now.
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“I don’t think it would even get to the floor,” Shimkus says.
Neither Shimkus nor U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) are among the Republicans on the bill for the Monday event.
“Our concern is: even common-sense changes to our immigration system – the temporary ag worker program and the STEM visa program that we can get tremendous bipartisan agreement on; they get pushed to the wayside when the president comes out with an unconstitutional executive action,” Davis said.