House Democrats introduced their immigration reform bill H.R. 15 on Wednesday which is nearly identical to the one passed in June by the Senate in a 68-32 bipartisan vote.The House bill replaces the border security language from the Senate version with a measure that passed in the House Homeland Security Committee that includes more specific metrics to be met to ensure border security.
Like the Senate bill, the House measure overhauls the legal immigration system, increases border and interior security enforcement requirements and provides a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
The bill currently has 120 co-sponsors all Democrats, including Reps. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Mike Quigley (IL-5), Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Bradley Schneider (IL-10) and Bill Foster (IL-11).
“Today, as House Republicans continue to hold the country hostage, a group of Democrats introduced a bill that will fix the immigration system and move our country in a positive direction,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “If House Republicans respected the democratic process, this commonsense bill would already be the law of the land. Speaker [John] Boehner and the House Republican caucus must allow a vote on this bill.”
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) has praised the effort to push for common sense immigration reform. ICIRR is urging voters to contact House Republicans, including Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam from Illinois, to allow a vote on immigration reform legislation that includes a path to citizenship.
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UFCW Local 1546 represents workers in Illinois and Indiana in a diverse range of industries including grocery and drug retailers; meat cutting, processing, and packing; chemical works; nursing home and healthcare facilities, and many others.