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Durbin, Gutierrez at immigration rally


Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez to Join Hundreds at "Democracy Day"
Immigrant Leaders to Announce Next Steps to Push for Immigration Reform and Immigrant Integration through the "One Nation, One Dream: Standing for Families" Campaign

WHAT: More than 200 leaders of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) will launch "One Nation, One Dream: Standing for Families" campaign. The lack of federal movement on immigration reform, the ongoing surge in deportations, and anti-immigrant laws like Arizona's SB 1070 are creating chaos across the country. Elected officials will join immigrant leaders and families to discuss next steps that will bring real solutions for our broken immigration system and highlight the importance of the immigrant vote and the need to stand for our families.

At the event, ICIRR will announce upcoming efforts to mobilize the immigrant vote in diverse immigrant communities throughout the Chicago area; launch the Immigrant Family Support Network to assist immigrant families that are directly affected by deportation; and highlight the importance of integration through citizenship, access to jobs and education.

Through the "One Nation, One Dream: Standing for Families" campaign, ICIRR aims to effectively integrate immigrants into society by working on fair representation, full participation, and protection of our families.

WHEN: Saturday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Arturo Velazquez Institute (West Side Tech)
2800 South Western Ave., Chicago

WHO: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), ICIRR board members, and hundreds of immigrant leaders and families.

VISUALS: Hundreds of participants. Following the event, a dozen ICIRR Democracy Fellows wearing bright color t-shirts will knock on doors to register new voters and urge registered immigrant voters to vote on November 2.



We are a nation of laws. Our immigration system is not broken and never has been. You can't ignore a law simply because you don't like it. As Congress men what kind of example do you think you set for illegal immigrants. These people are criminals, period. You should be tried for treason.

I am so disappointed our elected Senator is standing up for criminals! If you are not here legally - you should not be here. Is the next issue going to be changing the laws for bank robbers because they had a family to support? I lost all respect for our Senator

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