OTTAWA— A group from Chicago, Organizing for Action, was going door to door in Ottawa.
The group which is a proponent of President of Barack Obama and his policies was canvassing constituents of U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to convince them to sign a pledge asking the congressman to support comprehensive immigration reform. (OFA works hand in hand with the President at http://www.barackobama.com/)
The U.S. Senate has passed the bill, but its future in the Republican-led House is in doubt.
Vinay Basti with Organizing for Action says Kinzinger has been inconsistent with his position.
“The United States s a nation made up of immigrants and I support common-sense reform to the laws and regulations by which people legally enter our country. We must recognize that legal immigration is not the issue and we must not demonize immigrants who come to our country by following the rules. Illegal immigration, however, places an unsustainable burden on our public services and communities.
“Before immigration reform can be seriously addressed, we first must secure America’s borders. If we do not secure our borders, any advances made by reform will be short-lived. This can be done through a physical and virtual fence, which includes the use of reconnaissance drone aircraft, security cameras, and a whole host of technological instruments to increase our situational awareness and help U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents effectively respond to border incursions. Beyond immigration, our porous borders threaten our national security.
“When it comes to reform, we must streamline our current system of processing immigrant applicants. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must ensure that foreigners have the opportunity to enter the U.S.through legal means.”