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by Ellyn Fortino
4:05pm
Wed Oct 2, 2013

House Dems Introduce Immigration Reform Bill, Call Republicans To Negotiating Table

In the midst of a government shutdown, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill that creates a pathway to citizenship for America's more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.

The bill, introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 12) and other Democratic co-sponsors, is nearly identical to the bipartisan immigration reform package passed by the Senate in June.

Lawrence Benito, CEO of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), said he believes the bill is the direct result of advocates across the country fighting for reform. Benito noted that 160 immigration-related rallies in cities across the country are planned for this weekend to keep up the pressure.

"They're doing what we asked them to do, which is put forward their bill," Benito told Progress Illinois. "We think it's progress in the right direction. It's not perfect, but we believe it's an opportunity for bipartisan negotiations to get the job done."

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by Ashlee Rezin
3:02pm
Fri Mar 29, 2013

Amendments Attached To Senate Budget Resolution Upset Environmental Advocates

Environmental advocacy groups are speaking out against “anti-environment” amendments attached to the Senate’s budget resolution. Although the amendments are non-binding, a representative from Environment Illinois said it’s “unfortunate” to see some lawmakers use a budget proposal for “reckless attacks” on the environment.

“It’s not right to see senators taking the opportunity, during the proposal of a budget resolution, to attack the environment,” said Seth Berkman, federal field associate for Environment Illinois. “These amendments have nothing to do with passing a budget resolution. Unfortunately, our opponents use any opportunity they have to attack environmental protections.”