18th District Congressman Aaron Schock kicked-off a 14-day listening tour this week. A Youtube video captured Schock’s response to a question about the best way to provide a path to citizenship without "skipping the line."
Schock says first there must be a secure border:
“And I think when that happens, and people have paid their back taxes and they haven’t violated any laws and they’ve been here for a probationary period, they can apply for citizenship and go to the back of the line.” -Rep. Aaron Schock
Schock says he’s expressed support for immigration reform since first running for Congress in 2007. Schock says the system is broken and does not serve national security, employers, law abiding immigrants or the guest workers needed in the U.S. economy. The Republican congressman says his goal is to support legislation that addresses those issues. He says a vote on such a legislative proposal could come as early as this fall.
Illinois Public Radio's Tanya Koonce contributed to this report.