Another public opinion poll shows support for immigration reform among Illinoisans. The poll, taken on behalf of labor organizations, said 85 percent of Illinois voters want immigration reform. Michael Carrigan, president of Illinois AFL-CIO, wants the poll results to show politicians that they should join the majority of voters.
“Such broad support for bipartisan immigration reform, Senator (Mark) Kirk’s recent actions to block or stall immigration reform has set him far outside of the mainstream here in Illinois,” Carrigan said.
Kirk last week was one of 15 senators to vote against bringing a reform measure to the Senate floor for debate. Carrigan and Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, spoke with Kirk to persuade him to support the federal bill.
“Senator Kirk ought to listen to what the folks, citizens in Illinois, want, across demographics, across racial lines. It’s clear that immigration reform needs to happen in a timely manner and in a just and fair way,” Ramirez said. According to the poll, if Kirk supports the reform, 29 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of Republicans are more likely to vote for him.