Issues: Immigration (LWVUS)
LWVUS Position in Brief
The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law.
Read the complete position on the LWVUS website.
LWVIL Position Statement on Immigration (adopted June 2007)
Immigration reform continues to make headlines. There’s the humanitarian crisis of thousands of unaccompanied minors and mothers with young children from Central America who are being detained at the border in overcrowded, inadequate facilities. The Obama administration is seeking funding and working to remedy a situation, one that is polarizing and being politicized. The US House still refuses to move on immigration. Demands continue to be made by immigration rights groups and immigrant families for Obama to stop or slow down deportations which divide families.
From Washington, D.C.: House Speaker Boehner reported that he cannot get his Republican-led House to budge on immigration reform. That’s despite the change of heart seen in Illinois this week when many Illinois Republicans announced their support for immigration at a Chicago Club event. Illinois Republicans supporting reform include Representatives Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger, Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Former Governors Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, and gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis.