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.
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."