Sunday, November 20, 2005
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich singed an Executive Order on Saturday, devoted to immigrant issues. The initiative takes Illinois toward a strategic and proactive approach to ghe growing immigrant population in the state and brings together policymakers, state and local advocates for immigrants and many others to identify how the state can better assist immigrans and the communities that receive them. Immigrants are flourishing more than ever in Illinois, and this order will further help in their civic integration.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights played a large role in drafting the order that provides a line item for immigration in the state budget, protects day laborers, provides $3 million for a New Americans Initiative aimed to helping permanent residents become naturalized citizens, and allows undocumented immigrants to attend public universities in Illinois paying in-state tuition.
source: All Headline News, Nov. 18, 2005