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