Saturday, January 25, 2014

Immigration reform advocates to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union

Everyone is anxious to hear if the president has news about immigration reform for us.   - - Donna Poisl

By Griselda Nevarez

President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, and five members of the Illinois delegation want immigration reform advocates to be there for it.

Democratic Reps. Luis Gutiérrez, Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Schneider, and Bill Foster have each invited an immigration reform advocate, including two who are undocumented, to hear the president firsthand deliver his State of the Union address.

“This year, we joined together to invite people whose stories illustrate the importance of immigration reform and to make clear that passing comprehensive immigration reform should be at the top of the to-do list,” the House members said in a joint statement.

All five House members have been active in pushing the House to pass immigration reform legislation that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Among the guests they’ve invited are two undocumented immigrants who stand to benefit from immigration reform.
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