Group urges Schock to push for immigration reform

By Chad Weber

Group urges Schock to push for immigration reform

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM CDT

HEYWORTH, Ill. -- Efforts to push for comprehensive immigration reform have intensified with Congress on five week recess.

Monday in Heyworth, Congressman Aaron Schock addressed an overflowing room of constituents.

Present at the town hall style meeting were members of the Illinois People's Action group who came to support legislation for comprehensive immigration reform.

A comprehensive bill passed through the Senate in June, but was rejected in the House.

Congressman Schock told the group he supports immigration reform and a path to citizenship.

He, however, wishes to accomplish it in a step-by-step manner.

"A step-by-step approach allows us to take each issue on its face and come up with the best solution for border security, the best solution for employment verification, the best solution for guest worker programs, high skilled workers, low-skilled Ag jobs," said Schock.

"We had been hearing from him that he's open to the idea but this is the first time we have heard a real affirmative voice emerge," said Jennifer Carrillo, the immigrant justice organizer for the IPA.

Members of the IPA said they still have questions about how probationary citizenship work for illegals but they said Schock's answer was a step in the right direction.

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