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Illinois is putting the heat on the GOP for bi-partisan leadership

Check out this event from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights- holding our leaders to the flame where they belong.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

36 S. Wabash, suite 1425 · Chicago, IL  60603 · 312.332.7360 voice · 312.332.7044 fax · www.icirr.org

For Immediate Release: Press Advisory

May 7, 2007 For more information contact: Catherine Salgado, 630.362.6202; Joshua Hoyt, 773.443.0539

Immigrant voters put Republican Party on notice

Community leaders urge real leadership from GOP and bipartisan support for immigration reform and safer roads

WHAT:  A group of Latino, Muslim, Irish, Polish, Arab, and Asian immigrant voters from across the Chicago area are sending a stern warning to the Republican Party of Illinois: Stop the partisan politics and address the real concerns of immigrants.

Immigrant voters are rapidly changing the political face of Illinois. But instead of working with these new constituents, Republican leaders have turned their back on them, in many cases even refusing to meet with immigrant leaders to hear their concerns. This reckless disregard must stop, or Republicans will pay a high price at the ballot box.

The rising numbers of raids and deportations have made the need for federal comprehensive immigration reform paramount. But President Bush has responded with a thoroughly inadequate immigration proposal that would separate families, exploit workers, and offer no clear way for undocumented immigrants to gain legal status.  We urge President Bush and his Republican colleagues to recognize the value of human life and the enormous contributions that immigrants make to our nation.

On the state level, immigrant leaders will urge that Republican leaders support the Roadway Safety and Mandatory Insurance Coverage Act (HB 1100), which would allow the 250,000 unlicensed immigrant motorists to drive safely and with insurance. Utah has successfully implemented a similar driver’s certificate program.  HB 1100 has passed the Illinois House and will soon face a vote in the Senate.

WHEN:           Monday, May 7, 2007

                        11:00 AM

WHERE:        Allegro Hotel, 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL                  

Steppenwolf Theater Room A, 3rd Floor

*Following the press conference, the group will deliver voters’ registrations at the Republican Party Headquarters, 205 W. Randolph St., Suite 1245, Chicago, IL

WHO:             Community leaders, immigrant advocates from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) among other community organizations. Salvador Cervantes, TRP and ICIRR; Salvador Pedroza, Little Village Chamber of Commerce; Emma Lozano, Centro Sin Fronteras; Billy Lawless, Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform; Ahmed Rehab, CAIR; among other ethnic leaders and elected officials: Alderman Ricardo Muñoz, State Senator Iris Martinez.

Photo Opportunity:  The group will deliver a 17 foot high stack of 43,000 immigrant voter registration forms to the Illinois Republican Party office

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