Local mayors voice support for immigration reform

By WEEK Producer

Local mayors voice support for immigration reform

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM CDT

ILLINOIS – Three local mayors have put their support behind a push for comprehensive immigration reform.

On Wednesday, city leaders from across the state, released a letter they sent to members of the Illinois House urging them to move forward with immigration reform.

The group included Mayor Jim Ardis of Peoria, Mayor Tari Renner of Bloomington and Mayor Chris Koos of Normal.

In the letter, the mayors said now is the time to move forward.

"Our country was careening towards default and leaders from both parties, in both chambers, came together to do the right thing,” the mayors wrote. “Let's take this opportunity to form another coalition to come together, heal our economy, and grant those - who followed in the footsteps of many of our own immigrant parents - a legal path to remain here and provide a better life for their children.”

In the wake of the budget battle, the President and congressional leaders identified immigration reform and the farm bill as two significant pieces of legislation that would jump start the national economy.

A total of 21 Illinois mayors signed the letter. The group represents nearly 4 million Illinois residents.