Those pushing for immigration reform delivered their message to the doorstep of the state’s Republicans, demanding action as Congress gets ready to return to Washington. Outside the Illinois Republican headquarters in Chicago, protesters held up signs directed specifically at U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), the House majority chief deputy whip, who opposes the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate. Lawrence Benito of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights says Roskam should follow the lead of other Illinois Republicans.
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“During this August recess, Congressman Aaron Schock made a clear statement at a town hall in favor of a path to citizenship,” Benito said. “But our question is this: Where is the rest of the party leadership?” The protesters attempted to enter Republican headquarters to deliver thousands of signed cards supporting immigration reform. Security stopped them at the front door, saying the office was closed.