Chicago, IL – On April 7, 17 members of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association traveled to Washington D.C. and visited Congressional offices to make the case for a much-needed overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.
“As part of AILA’s National Day of Action, I advocated on Capitol Hill for necessary reforms to America’s outdated immigration system. We visited both House and Senate Offices to educate and inform Members of Congress and their staff about the costs of inaction for communities in Illinois and the Midwest region as a whole. I was glad to take part in this unique opportunity to advance concrete proposals that will bring our dysfunctional immigration system into the 21st Century,” said Katie Vannucci, the Chair of the AILA Chicago Advocacy committee.
“On April 7, I had the pleasure of visiting the offices of Representative Jan Schakowsky and Darin LaHood with my colleagues. In each meeting, we were able to share examples of immigrants’ meaningful contributions to Illinois, and to propose ways our laws could be reformed to increase our prosperity. We called on the Illinois delegation to Congress to lead on this important issue,” said executive board member, Kristen Harris.
During the National Day of Action, 17 AILA Chicago Members traveled to Washington DC and met with Representatives of the offices of 18 Illinois House Representatives and both U.S. Senators from Illinois. They heard from Senator Cory Booker and other committed members of Congress about the urgency of immigration reform.
“We need solutions,” noted Kelli Fennell, the AILA Chicago Chapter Advocacy Committee Vice-Chair. “Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have spoken publicly about the need for reform. Why wait? Let’s create legislation that includes a roadmap to lawful permanent status for those currently undocumented living and working in the U.S., and major reforms to the legal immigration system to help businesses to grow, families to reunite and bring fairness and due process to immigration enforcement. Our country deserves a system that works, and to get there we need a comprehensive immigration reform bill signed by the President,” Kelli Fennell concluded.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.