Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
For Immediate Release – Statement
April 14, 2011
For more information, contact: (phone numbers are not for publication)
Catherine Salgado, 630.362.6202 (mobile)
Joshua Hoyt, 773.443.0539 (mobile)
ICIRR Aplaude a Durbin por
unirse a otros senadores
para exigir a Obama que
detenga las deportaciones de
Senator joins Congressman Gutierrez and growing voices for an end to cruel deportations
Yesterday, 22 U.S. Senators urged President Obama to grant deferred action to undocumented youths who would qualify for the federal DREAM Act. The following is a statement by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR):
ICIRR commends the 22 Senators who sent the letter to President Obama in an effort to stop senseless deportations. We applaud our own Senator Richard Durbin for his leadership and courage in bringing this important issue to the forefront and for his support for immediate solutions. The senators’ efforts, along with the national “Change Takes Courage” campaign with Congressman Gutierrez urging a halt in deportations of undocumented parents of US citizen children, spouses of US citizens, and DREAM eligible students show the critical need for action at the federal level.
Deportations are now at record numbers: 1,100 immigrants are now removed every day. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has gone so far as to go after immigrant parents at a Michigan elementary school. Meanwhile its showpiece “Secure Communities” program, sold as catching “the worst of the worst,” is being used as a dragnet; in Illinois, 78% of those arrested by ICE under this program either have never been convicted of any offense, or have been convicted only of misdemeanors.
Today, President Obama will be in Chicago to raise funds for his 2012 campaign. As the immigrant population in the Chicago area continues to grow, he should address the issues these constituents care about—including stopping the deportations of students and hardworking immigrants and the separation of their families. As deportations in this administration increase and immigration reform stalls, Latino support for President Obama has dropped tremendously. Without addressing this important issue, the question whether Latino and other immigrant voters will support him in 2012 remains unanswered.
ICIRR will continue to work with his members and allies nationally in the “Change Takes Courage” campaign and in all efforts that will stop senseless deportations.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.
For more information about ICIRR visit our website www.icirr.org
Join us June 2nd, 2011!