CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois’ top Democrats are pushing for a vote on an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws that has stalled in the U.S. House.
The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition hosted a Monday event in Chicago where speakers included Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several congressmen. They’ve called for an immediate vote on federal legislation that would tighten border security and outline a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S illegally.
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago says he wants a vote by July 4.
The coalition held a similar event for Republicans in April which included business executives and some of the state’s most well-known Republicans. Speakers included U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar.