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State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst

KANKAKEE — In many quarters, President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans are seen as unfriendly to immigrants. Locally, state Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst takes a different approach.

Parkhurst, a Kankakee Republican, is hosting the fourth annual Citizenship Workshop on Nov. 16 to help legal immigrants start their path to become U.S. citizens.

According to a news release, the workshop is free to attend and volunteers from a number of local organizations will be on hand to help applicants in completing the necessary forms and documents to become a U.S. citizen.

Asked about Trump and other Republicans’ views about immigration, Parkhurst, an attorney, said, “I can’t speak for anyone else in the party. But I’m trying to find a legal way for immigration.”

Nationally, she said she favored a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

This represents the view of Republicans moderates, who have proposed a compromise on the immigration issue — a pathway to citizenship in exchange for tighter border security.

In 2017, then-Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that would bar state and local authorities from detaining people solely because of their immigration status.

He took a lot of GOP heat for supporting that bill, although immigrant advocates praised him. Parkhurst voted against the measure.

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