U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill., pictured) is working on an amendment to whatever immigration reform bill comes up for a vote. While Kirk hasn’t committed to an immigration reform bill, he is determined to make sure that immigrant solders who see combat in the armed forces get citizenship if they want it. “I will be offering an amendment that says if you are awarded a combat infantry badge, showing that you have been under fire, you are automatically a U.S. citizen,” Kirk said. He says it’s “the least we should do.”
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As for the bill drafted by the “Gang of Eight” that could come up for a vote next month, Kirk says it has a “pretty bright future” given the bill’s sponsors.