CHAMPAIGN — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will be among the speakers Saturday afternoon at a rally in Champaign for immigration reform.
The 2 p.m. rally at West Side Park is sponsored by Organizing for Action, the group established to support President Obama's national agenda.
The OFA chapter for central Illinois, headquartered in Springfield, is sponsoring Saturday's rally with Durbin. The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum also is a sponsor.
The groups want U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, to pledge to support comprehensive immigration reform. They are not demanding, however, that he support the bill that cleared the Senate.
Davis' spokesman was noncommittal last week, saying that the congressman "remains firm in his belief that we must start by fixing the problems that led to our broken immigration system in the first place before we can address those who are here as undocumented immigrants, which is precisely what the House is planning to do."
Before last year's 13th Congressional District election, Davis said that the U.S. "must first continue to do to more to secure our borders to stem the flow of illegal immigrants," and that any "path to citizenship for those here illegally must not be a path which places them before others who are going through the process legally."