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Article updated: 1/28/2013 6:12 PM

Suburban delegation reacts to immigration reform proposal

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, of Hoffman Estates

"I applaud the bipartisan coalition in the Senate that has put forward a serious proposal on immigration reform. We need a pathway to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants who are willing take part in a rigorous citizenship process. It is also essential that as we begin to take on immigration reform that we improve the security on our borders and consider the impact that these reforms will have on small businesses. I look forward to reviewing the proposals and working with my colleagues to make sure that the final legislation strengthens our economy, makes Americans safer and helps millions achieve the American dream."

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville

"Today's proposal is an important first step toward enacting desperately needed reforms to our broken immigration system. This issue has been pushed aside for too long ... Voters sent a clear message last November that it's time to end the partisan political posturing and start working across the aisle. I'm encouraged to see that a group of senators received that message and am hopeful that my colleagues in the House will follow suit.

Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, of Winfield

"Although what was unveiled today is only a rough framework, I commend Senator Rubio and his colleagues for their efforts and I look forward to studying these and other proposals in the months ahead."

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, of Chicago

"We support comprehensive immigration reform. We'd like to see more details in the proposal but we are really excited that people are even this far along in the process and that there is a bipartisan approach so far. We're hopeful that this is a good first step toward really passing comprehensive immigration reform.

Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, of Wheaton

"We all know our immigration system has been broken for far too long, and that has hurt people trying to come to the United States for greater opportunity, and it's hurt our ability as a nation to innovate here at home and compete internationally. After all, we are a nation of immigrants, and we have a real opportunity to fix our broken system, ensure our borders are secure and finally break this logjam."

Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, of Deerfield

"For too long politicians in Washington have played politics and failed to take action when it came to immigration reform, so it's encouraging to see both sides coming together and crafting a bipartisan framework that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million people currently living in the shadows."

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