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CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

The Windy City Says Bring It On, Immigration Reform

Chicago Can Process the Paperwork, Integrate the Newcomers, and Get Them Working

What might comprehensive immigration reform look like—around the country and in Chicago, a longtime city of immigrants—if Congress passes a bill that gives the 11 million undocumented people living in America a path to legality? At a Zócalo/Azteca America event at the Chicago Cultural Center, a panel of scholars of immigration and integration talked about the bill that’s currently on the table and the future of Chicago’s immigrant community. ImmigrationWorks USA president Tamar Jacoby, who’s been working with lawmakers and organizations on the current immigration reform legislation, is optimistic about the process she’s seeing in Washington. A year ago, if someone said Democrats and Republicans would be collaborating on an immigration reform bill, “People would have just said, ‘What are you smoking?’” she said. What we’ve seen instead, she said, is a bipartisan group of senators who were still able …