Top Republicans Now Supporting Immigration ReformCHICAGO (AP) - Some of Illinois' highest-profile Republicans are voicing support for federal immigration legislation that's stalled in the U.S. House as a "morally right" and business-minded decision.
Tuesday's gathering included former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, former Gov. Jim Edgar and candidates seeking office, including state Sen. Jim Oberweis. He's a U.S. Senate candidate who's previously made controversial statements about immigrants.
Oberweis says he regrets those comments and he's in favor of parts of the overhaul that include a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
Organizers say the event sponsored by Illinois Business Immigration Coalition shows a shift in political views on immigration reform. Others say that Republicans are trying to appeal to immigrant and Latino voters, populations that are growing quickly in Illinois.
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