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  •  Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) voted against cloture (0+ / 0-)

    So now we know where he stands - against comprehensive immigration reform.  I'm not sure whether he realizes how the landscape of Illinois has changed. The pro-immigrant organizations in Chicago are flooding his phone lines right now telling him that they will not forget nor will they forgive.  He has no idea yet the degree to which ICIRR and other organizations have been building support in the suburbs, no idea yet how much better organized the Latino community is in Illionois than four years ago.

    He can try to run with the nativist crowd on this, but Chicago itself favors immigration reform, and so does the agricultural sector, and so does business leadership in the state.  

    A few years back, I watched as ICIRR and other organizations got half a million people to pack the entire downtown area in favor of immigration reform.  They have been organizing since then. Those folks are paying attention, and a good number of them are citizens and can vote.  This is going to backfire in the same way trying to keep black folks from the polls did last November. I am actually kind of glad Kirk voted the way he did, because he's going to suffer for this.  

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:03:02 PM PDT

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