Two days before Independence Day, a group favoring Senate-passed immigration law demonstrated outside the Springfield office of U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria), urging Schock and his colleagues to take up the bill.
“My mother did not speak English until she went to kindergarten. She spoke Greek at home,” said Kay Marie Philon of Springfield. “That is part of the beauty of America: we are a melting pot.”
The rally included an 18-year-old woman whose family brought her to the U.S. from Mexico when she was little. Marnee Ostoa says she won a Disney Channel audition, but the Disney people hung up on her when they learned she was undocumented. She was auditioning for a role which eventually went to Selena Gomez.
A statement from Schock’s office:
“Congressman Schock has expressed support for immigration reform going way back during his candidacy for Congress in 2007. He is glad both chambers are making progress, including the recently passed Senate bill, but we are far from the finish line. The House will move forward in regular order with its own approach to immigration reform by addressing the key issues with individual pieces of legislation. He believes the current system is broken and does not serve our national security, employers, law-abiding immigrants or the guest workers who are needed in our economy. His goal is to support legislation that will address each of these issues.”