Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed October 23, 2013
Mayor Ardis, state mayors, urge immigration reform
“You know, one of the biggest things is just retaining talent, whether it’s Asian students or Norwegian students or German or Canadian or whatever at the University of Illinois is allowing individuals to make a choice to be part of our community and keep their talents here, and help our local businesses, industries, innovators, entrepreneurs thrive.”
Mayors from Chicago, Bloomington, Normal, and Cicero also signed the letter, which stressed the importance of border security. The Democratically-led U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill over the summer, and one of its architects is Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin. Republican House Speaker John Boehner says he’s hopeful the House can move on immigration reform before the end of the year.