Rep. Buckner: “We have to use our advantage” when pushing for federal immigration reform

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — Local, state and Congressional officials are all calling for immigration reform.

But Congress is locked behind partisan gridlock.

House Democrat Kam Buckner is saying it’s time for the state use all the tools it has to try and make that change happen, including pressuring Democrat leadership in Washington D.C. by threatening to pass on the Democratic National Convention, which is scheduled for August.

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“In a very kind of bold and provocative way, what I was saying was basically, we had to put everything on the table,” Buckner (D-Chicago) said. “We got to figure out what we’re willing to leverage and align with, in order to make sure that we have the resources that we need.”

Chicago has been struggling with an influx of migrants that have been bussed into the city from the Southern Border. The federal government has provided very little help over the past year.

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