Governor Quinn aiming for immigrant-friendly state

By WEEK Producer

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 11:44 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- A new poll shows that 71% of Americans support a way for undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S., but they are far more divided on a path to full citizenship.

The pew poll reports only 43% of Americans said undocumented immigrants should be able to apply for citizenship.

The report comes just as Caterpillar CEO, Doug Oberhelman said he wants more visas for foreign engineers and a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

Oberhelman is part of the Illinois business immigration coalition, a group lobbying for immigration reform, and today, Governor Pat Quinn said he wants Illinois to be "immigrant-friendly".

"We want to be the most welcoming state in the union when it comes to people who come from another place," said Quinn. "Our immigrants who come to Illinois, we welcome, because they make us strong. Our diversity is our strength."

The governor heads for Mexico tomorrow for a three-day trade mission aimed at increasing both business and tourism.

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