By Nana Aduba-Amoah
Two Chicago-based Democrat Congress officials, Luis Gutierrez of Chicago and Jan Schakowsky of Evanston, were some of the nearly 200 people arrested in the immigration reform protests in Washington on Tuesday, October 8th.
The rally was organized to push forward ideas for immigration reform. Protesters pressed the house GOP leaders to examine the immigration reform bill that was already passed by Senate in June. The legislation promised more rights for undocumented immigrants such as visa programs, improved border security, and requirement for employers to track immigration status and help employees with their process. This bill could grant citizenship to about 11 million undocumented immigrants, and give “dreamers” — or young, undocumented immigrants– the chance to earn their green card in about five years. However, none of that can be made possible unless the House GOP leaders formulate a vote in order to pass this legislation. Continue reading