|Illinois Valley Community College students and members of the public packed a meeting room on campus to hear a presentation on immigration reform.
The college hosted Chicago-area immigration attorney Sara Dady who gave a presentation to argue in favor of the DREAM Act, against Arizona’s controversial immigration law, and her interpretation of the 14th Amendment.
Dady argued for a “carrot approach” to immigration reform that would change the naturalization process by fast-tracking immigrants into citizenship through increased visa availability, passing amnesty laws and allowing immigrants to apply for work authorization programs during the naturalization process. She said amnesty would have a major economic benefit, dramatically cut costs to the overburdened immigration court process, and benefit people who cross the border that want to be U.S. citizens.
“The number one reason people enter the U.S. is family reunification,” she said. “The second is work. It makes very little sense for them to risk their lives crossing the desert to steal from a 7-11 cash register.”