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February 6, 2016

Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul


Kinzinger says a secure border must be the first step in any immigration overhaul. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An immigration overhaul may seem like a toxic issue to most in the GOP, but, in Illinois, it’s a battle cry.

Illinois Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock delivered video testimonials, recorded in the same room, for a pro-immigration event being hosted Tuesday in Chicago by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, which also features former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

In his video, Kinzinger says, “Now, more than ever, Americans are seeing firsthand how our broken immigration system is really holding our nation back. Through common-sense policies, we have the opportunity to grow our economy, and provide security and well-paying jobs for families all across Illinois and America.”

Kinzinger said he is confident the United States can come together to have the “adult conversations” necessary to approve an immigration overhaul, and he endorsed a path to, at least, legal status for undocumented workers in the United States.

“We must work hard to come to an agreement on how to bring undocumented workers out of the shadows, legally entering the workforce and becoming part of the American melting pot that makes this country great,” Kinzinger said, adding that securing U.S. borders “must be the first step of the reform process.”

Schock had a similar, even stronger message in his video testimonial: He endorsed a pathway to citizenship.

“Quite frankly, I think if a man or a woman likes their American job, wherever they were born, they should be able to keep that job,” he said. “We need a clear path to citizenship for workers who are already here and a fair and efficient on-ramp for those who want to come here.”

Schock said it had been 30 years since Congress had taken any “significant action” to address immigration, seemingly referring to the “Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986,” and he noted that some workers have been waiting 10 years for permanent status.

“That’s long enough,” he said.

The news of Kinzinger and Schock making such public declarations of support for an immigration overhaul had Democratic immigration advocates giddy on Tuesday. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California issued a statement that said he was “encouraged” by the words of his colleagues.

“I invite Representatives Schock and Kinzinger to sign the discharge petition to demand a vote on the bi-partisan bill (H.R. 15) to finally fix our broken immigration system,” Becerra said. “It’s long past time for the House to act on comprehensive immigration reform and every day that we delay, thousands of families are torn apart by our broken immigration system. It’s time to turn words into action.”

Becerra ended his statement by saying he hoped Speaker John A. Boehner was listening to the growing number of Democrats and Republicans who support an immigration overhaul.

“It’s time to vote,” Becerra said.\
  • HelpSaveMaryland

    GOP Representatives Kinzinger and Schock are two great examples of why Illinois has some of the highest unemployment, crime and deficits in the nation. Americans can’t find jobs in Illinois but no worries Illegal Aliens can! These two clowns have not a clue as to the problems illegal immigration causes. If Amnesty is granted you can bet the illegal alien community will vote these two GOPers out as fast as you can say Obamacare. No Amnesty, Enforce the Law, Illegal Alien families that leave together stay together!

  • papal

    Still does not change the fact that the majority of folks in the country have a negative opinion of illegal immigrations and do not feel they should get any benefit from ignoring our laws. Reagan signed and amnesty bill with the promise of enforcement, the dems then blocked the enforcement and we have had 13 or 14 mini amnesty tucked in other bill since then.. If it were supported by the majority of people then dems would have passed it when they controlled congress, they didn’t even bring it up. The folks want laws enforced.

  • wigglwagon

    There will be no effective solution to the immigration problem until we have mandatory prison time without parole for the employers of illegal workers.

    • Workingforlife

      You are blind. There already is prison time and if you google any of the 50 or more US attorneys offices across the country you would see a constant stream of press releases noting long sentences imposed against employers and huge fines.

      • Right

        Not enough. 8 million illegal aliens are currently holding jobs. Their employers need to be rounded up and thrown in prison.

  • David

    “These two” moron’s” don’t they know or they trying to insult people intelligence”!
    Don’t they know it will cost ax-payer’s just about “6.2 trillion dollar’s. Now you can or could what ever figure’s you want. But the long run this not going to just stop @11mil.For the next 20-25 yrs. this will continue. This in whole is not the same country that just 30-40 yr’s was. It is a country that “becoming-3rdwoldish”it a other “GREECE” waiting to happen.

  • left wing

    two more dems posing as pubs and trashing the nation.

  • DougDeGrave

    Why aren’t these Jews pushing for Palestinian amnesty in Israel? Diversity should be for everyone.

    • Thelonious_66

      Neither are Jewish. Both are Protestants of German descent. Google is your friend.

  • Josie Gomez

    I salute both these Congressman bless your heart

  • Traid Domon

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  • Fabio Fagundes Silva

    The last 3 comments is racists an it’s not a realistic thoughts. .
    First :
    “Employees of ilegal works ” as it is called for this racists people,
    They normally are a farmers or chicken or meat producer’s..,
    They are in need of people’s that will really work to then because of a lot demand special on a food production. . My question.. Do you will work to then?? You want that job?
    Do you saw how this people called ” Allens ” Work hard for a minimum salary?
    They are not here to steal your job.. they are here to do what you will not do..
    And you will not do because you are “American born”.. and as a “American born” you are so proud of it that makes you think that you deserve a much better job than clean houses for some body also. .
    Yes they are working. . And they always will have a job ..
    And you know why? Because from where they came from they learned how survive in any where in any economy as good or bad..
    They just go..and do whatever it’s take to put food on their family tables..
    And if they are here.. its because they are sacrifice then selves for their next generation has more opportunities then what was given to then..
    Is to much to ask after many years working hard
    In trade a piece of paper that can finally bring peace for their efforts?
    Think about .. because that was exactly what your grandfathers did for you one day.. same hard life and same dream .. that’s why you are here today. .

  • Texmom

    Do these guys have eyes? The Republican brand is meaningless. Meaningless. They stand for nothing when it matters. Our country is $17+ Trillion dollars in debt and wandering in the wilderness of leaderlessness.

    Where are you leading America? Laws no longer matter except when our politicians want them to matter. Laws are used to bolster those in favor and punish those who don’t fall in line. Where is America?

    Vladimir Putin is on the move in Eastern Europe and our country is discussing whether to legalize pot. There is something wrong with this picture.

  • Chris G. Foltz

    God Damn Anti-American SOB’s need to take a dirt bath…

  • gildersleeve

    More ruling class RINOs that want to make the country a welfare society and control anyone on it. This will destroy the middle class and Democrats are salivating at what this is doing to the Republican voting base. Just how stupid we can be is an unanswered question for the leaderless Republican party.

    • chethardy

      Better get used to it Gildersleeves. The Republicans poll zero with African-American voters,(with a margin of error of 4%) so they are going to be the immigrants’ new best friend for a couple of years at least.

  • JS

    Notice how Democratcare is not being talked about now? The GOP is going to turn a slam dunk majority in the Senate, into losses.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

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