While the U.S. Senate was voting in favor of an immigration reform
package that could provide a pathway to citizenship for America’s 11
million undocumented immigrants, supporters of the legislation were
targeting Illinois Republican leaders at a rally in downtown Chicago Thursday.
More than 100 immigration reform advocates at Thursday’s rally vowed to apply pressure on U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6), who serves as the House chief deputy whip, and Illinois GOP Party Chairman Jack Dorgan, to demand their support of comprehensive immigration reform.
Passed by a 68-32 vote in the Senate Thursday, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Of 2013, SB 744, now advances to the Republican-controlled U.S. House.
“It’s political suicide if they don’t support immigration reform,” said Yesenia Sanchez, executive director of the West Suburban Action Project (Proyecto de Accion de los Suburbios del Oeste, PASO).
“It would not be a very smart decision to stand against this bill. The
time is now for commonsense immigration reform and elections are coming
up. Immigrants and their allies vote, too.”