Fight against a 287g Memorandum of Understanding has Community Leaders in Illinois Calling for Peace

Immigrant and Faith Leaders Call for Unity and Harmony in Waukegan  Local and Chicagoland leaders to converge in Waukegan, decry Mayor Hyde’s recent comments regarding “Blacks and Hispanics”   WHAT:          The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), alongside many other organizations, will be at today’s rally in front of Waukegan City Hall.  Leaders from Waukegan, as well as the surrounding areas, will urge the City of Waukegan to revoke the City’s application to turn Waukegan police into immigration agents.

In addition, ICIRR decried the comments that Mayor Richard Hyde made to business leaders in a meeting on Friday regarding the Police/ Immigration proposal (known as “287g”).  When one of the businessmen commented that many people would be leaving Waukegan due to 287g, Mayor Hyde responded, “I know the real reason why people are leaving:  because they do not want their kids to go to school with Black and Hispanic kids.”  At another point he mentioned that they were going to “make Waukegan what it used to be.”

“Mayor Hyde’s unfortunate and outrageous comments demonstrate exactly what is wrong with the police/immigration proposal – it divides our City rather than uniting it.  We want a want a united and vibrant Waukegan, not a racially polarized Waukegan.” said XXX, one of the business leaders in the meeting.

Advocates and other people of faith will also converge at a prayer vigil at Holy Family Parish (450 Keller Ave. in Waukegan) at 7 PM, to show opposition to the proposal.            

WHEN:           Monday, July 16, 2007, 5:00 PM

WHERE:        Waukegan City Hall, 100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Waukegan 

WHO:             Immigrant advocates and leaders from Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and many other organizations.