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Leadership on immigration

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Too often, Illinois politics have been a source of embarrassment for me, but recently, I was proud to see Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk join Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to speak out in support of common sense immigration reform policies.

While Congress seems to be mired in partisan politics, our Illinois leaders are coming together across party lines to do what is right for our state and country. The four officials highlighted the many economic, social and security benefits of fixing the immigration system, emphasizing that Congress is closer to passing reform than most media reports suggest.

“We’ll be a very powerful country into the future if we get this right,” Kinzinger said.

Recent polls show that majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on the need for reforms that secure our borders, adjust an antiquated visa system to spur economic growth and establish a tough but attainable process by which those immigrants present unlawfully could get right with the law and earn the chance to eventually become U.S. citizens.

My own support for such reforms – which would extend hospitality to immigrants and restore the rule of law – is grounded in the values of my Christian faith.

I appreciate the bipartisanship shown by Emanuel, Gutierrez, Kinzinger and Kirk, and I pray that members of Congress from other states will emulate our Illinois leaders in moving forward on immigration reform this year.

Matthew Soerens

Field director, Evangelical Immigration Table 

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