-By Montezz Allen
Illinois’ economy needs to be repaired. It needs a boost.
As a result, there’s been a hard push for state delegations to overhaul new immigration reform by some of Illinois’ mayors.
Because they feel it’ll help the economy.
According to pantagraph.com, more than 20 leaders in Illinois — all of whom are Democratic — recently inked a letter that said “new laws focusing on all immigrants, regardless of citizenship status, will create jobs and raise revenues.”
There’s a whopping 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US.
The push for the new immigration reform was led by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and FWD.us, which is an advocacy organization created by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Illinois is already one of the most immigrant-friendly states in the US, but Emanuel wants to transform it into the most immigrant-friendly state in the world, if possible.
However, Illinois still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and it faces other important issues like gang violence and financial issues.
The new immigration law is said to help this problem.
This is a huge step in the right direction for Illinois and quite frankly, I applaud Mayor Rahm Emanuel (who’s been under extreme fire for his part in the Chicago school closings), as well as the other 21 leaders, for putting their best foot forward.
Immigration is a huge problem in this country, let alone the state of Illinois. It’s been an ongoing battle trying to figure out how the state will police immigrants while speeding up the process of helping them to become citizens.
If done correctly, Illinois’ economy will improve much faster!