State Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, has been appointed to serve on the Immigrant Impact Task Force, a statewide effort to review, assess, and recommend a vision for the future of immigrant, refugee, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) communities in Illinois, created via passage of Senate Bill 2665.
“Throughout our state’s history, immigration has enriched our communities and had an immeasurably positive impact on Illinois,” Representative Keicher said. “As a newly appointed member of this task force, my goal is to make sure there are avenues to success for present-day immigrants in Illinois. My own heritage includes ancestors who emigrated from Sweden, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, and Great Britain. The work they found in their community helped our family establish a sense of belonging and home here in Illinois. Today our state must be prepared to welcome immigrants and refugees from parts of the world experiencing turmoil, extreme poverty, or war, including Ukraine, Venezuela, the Korean peninsula, our Afghanistan allies, to name just a few.”
The Immigrant Impact Task Force is comprised of 27 members from various state agencies and five representatives from organizations offering aid or services to immigrants, appointed by the Governor. Representative Keicher is the sole member appointed by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs. Upon conclusion of their work, the Task Force will report its findings and make recommendations for policy changes to the Governor and the General Assembly.
For questions or more information, please call Representative Keicher’s office at (815) 748-3494.