Latino elected officials in Illinois had a clear message for "anti-immigrant" U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6) at a Chicago press conference Wednesday: listen to the voters and bring immigration reform legislation up for a vote in the House.
Last Wednesday, House Democrats introduced
a comprehensive immigration reform bill that is nearly identical to the
bipartisan immigration reform package the Senate passed in June.
Leaders of the GOP-led House, however, appear to be ignoring the
measure, which would also create a pathway to citizenship for the
nation's more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Those at Wednesday's gathering said Roskam, Illinois' top House Republican and the chamber's chief deputy whip, has the power to help advance the measure to the floor for a vote, but instead, he's holding immigration reform hostage.
have an Illinoisan (who) is becoming an obstacle in making sure that
our immigrant brothers and sisters get a fair chance, and that’s got
to stop," said Chicago Ald. Ray Suarez (31st). "If (Roskam) doesn’t wake
up, I believe in November, [the] next election, the Latino community
and the Asian community are not going to be supporting this gentleman."