ICIRR JOINS NATIONAL CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

November 06, 2012

ICIRR JOINS NATIONAL CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

The following is the statement of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

 The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) congratulations President Obama on his reelection and joins its national partner Fair Immigration Reform Movement’s (FIRM) in calling President Obama to work immediately to pass a comprehensive immigration reform. 

The resounding election results and the ongoing crisis of families being torn apart every day point to the need for immediate action.  The results of today’s election sent a clear message on the strength of the immigrant and Latino vote – the margin with these voters was the widest ever recorded. 

The most powerful immigration groups in the nation have been working to register and turnout an unprecedented number of immigrant and Latino voters for the 2012 elections.  ICIRR through its New Americans Democracy Project (NADP) has registered a record number of 26,498 new immigrant voters--58% in the City of Chicago and 42% in the suburbs. ICIRR contacted 159,885 Latino, Asian and Middle Eastern voters during Early Voting and on Election Day through door knocks, phone calls and mailings.

 Additionally, ICIRR mobilized the immigrant vote in Chicago and the suburbs, particularly in areas of Suburban Cook County and collar counties--Lake, Will, DuPage and Kane--where the immigrant population has grown significantly over the last decade.

We need immigration reform that keeps families together, and that restores family unity as the central principle in all aspects of our immigration system while protecting workers and civil rights for immigrants in our communities,” said ICIRR’s CEO Lawrence Benito. 

ICIRR will continue to work with its national partners to call on President Obama, Congress and the GOP to pass humane and comprehensive immigration reform immediately. 

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 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, visit www.icirr.org.

 

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