By Nick Gale
CHICAGO - An immigrants’ advocacy group is calling on senators to back off a plan that would eliminate one visa program.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Friday to call on senators to back off a proposal that would cut down on the number of visas for foreign-born siblings and adult children of U.S. citizens in order to increase visas available to highly skilled workers.
“I think the idea essentially is that the Republicans are pushing, is ‘we want people who are highly educated, probably have more money to come to the United States, that somehow those are more suitable immigrants to the us,’ but in fact that has not been our history. We have been strengthened as a country by families being able to unite in the United States of America,” Schakowsky said.
She says it’s immigrants who are entrepreneurs who start small businesses that are the backbone of the economy.
Republican senators in the “Gang of Eight” are pushing the measure in the ongoing debate on immigration reform while Democrats argue that families should come first.
The coalition says such a change in policy would impact Asian and African families.