Business Lobby Starting Amnesty Push

“Pro-reform Republicans, who had been mute amid the harsh attacks on illegal immigration by populist conservatives, are now joining with allies in the business community, evangelical Protestant groups and free-enterprise think tanks to push for a comprehensive solution to America’s broken immigration system that includes legal status for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S.,” the Houston Chronicle writes.

House to Vote on STEM Visa Bill

“The House voted on a STEM bill – standing for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – in September, but under a procedure requiring a two-thirds majority. It was defeated, with more than 80 percent of Democrats voting against it, because it offset the increase in visas for high-tech graduates by eliminating another visa program that is available for less-educated foreigners, many from Africa,” the AP reports.

Illinois May Give Drivers’ Licenses to Illegal Aliens

“Virtually every big-name politician in Illinois, with the exception of the two Republican legislative leaders, will gather Tuesday to support an upcoming push to license as many as 250,000 undocumented immigrants to drive in Illinois,” the Chicago Sun Times reports.

“In a nearly unprecedented show of support, Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), former GOP Gov. Jim Edgar, GOP state comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and state Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago) plan to sign on to the immigrant-rights driving initiative and attend Tuesday’s news conference in support of it.”