Last week, one Republican state representative promised to propose an Arizona-style immigration bill when the General Assembly goes back into session. Here are the practical and political problems with that approach.
While guest hosting for MSNBC's Ed Schultz yesterday, Chris Hayes discussed immigration reform with Illinois' own Rep. Luis Gutierrez. The Chicago congressman reiterated that he could get 200 Democratic votes for comprehensive immigration reform if he could get another 18 Republicans to sign on. Watch it:
Like their colleagues on the Cook County Board, Chicago's City Council voted by a 46-3 margin yesterday in favor of a resolution
urging City Hall to not do business with Arizona
companies following the enactment of the state's controversial immigration law.
Debate lasted over an hour, despite the overwhelming support in the caucus.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is
lauding the Obama administration's decision today to hold the line on
the cost of applying for citizenship at $675. ICIRR fought the Bush
administration vigorously for hiking those fees, including a $275
increase in 2007. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will raise the cost of filing residency petitions for foreign skilled workers and foreign entrepreneurs.
Under a resolution adopted
by a joint Chicago City Council committee today, City Hall departments
are being urged not to sign new contracts with Arizona companies in
response to the state's controversial immigration law. This follows a similar measure approved yesterday by the Cook County Board of Commissioners -- although it should be noted that the board approved a
contract with Scottsdale-based
American Traffic Solutions later in the day to establish a red-light camera "pilot
project." Chicago’s 189 red-light cameras were
installed by Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems but the city has no
plans to cancel that contract.
On the same afternoon that President Obama ordered
1,200 additional National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, 30
immigration activists engaged in civil disobedience (and were
ultimately arrested) outside of the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) office in Chicago's Loop.
The group marched to ICE headquarters from Federal
Plaza, where they had castigated Congress for failing to take up
comprehensive immigration form at the national level. Eliseo Medina, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, and Ald. George Cardenas (12th Ward) were among
those taken into custody. Watch some brief clips from the event:
UPDATE (5/26): Medill Reports has more on the action.
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