paso west suburban action project : proyecto de accion de los suburbios del oeste

3415 W North Ave Suite D
Melrose Park, IL 60160

Apr 03 2014

Successful citizenship workshop, Reached capacity within 45 min.

P.A.S.O. -West Suburban Action Project led a successful citizenship workshop this Saturday, March 29th at First United Methodist Church in Franklin Park. The doors opened at 9am and by 9:50am we had reached full capacity! We assisted 91 applicants begin the citizenship process and placed 35 additional people on a waiting list to be served through our office hours. This workshop shows again the interest by suburban immigrants to become citizens, and P.A.S.O.’s impact ensuring effective immigrant integration in the West Cook area.

On Saturday, we were also joined by Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Teresa Reyes (Director of the Office of New Americans, Governor’s Office) Senator Don Harmon (39th District), Representative Kathleen Willis (77th District) and Franklin Park Mayor Barrett Pederson for a press conference calling for a stop to the deportations separating thousands of families like Karina Magdaleno (a single mother in deportation proceedings simply for a driving violation) and to highlight the urgency of keeping immigrant  families together.



Click link for coverage by Univision and  this link for photos from P.A.S.O.’s Suburban Citizenship Workshop this Saturday

We also want to acknowledge and thank Senator Don Harmon and Representative Kathleen Willis for their commitment and leadership in ensuring level funding for the Immigrant Services Line Item, which provides critical services and programs to immigrants through the state of Illinois.
We thank all of our members and volunteers as well as our host First United Methodist Church for making this workshop yet another successful one and our collaborative partners  partners including Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Proyecto Intefe de Liderazgo and Arab American Family Services for joining us.

Since 2010, P.A.S.O. has provided critical citizenship services in the West Cook suburbs through our partnership with the New Americans Initiative and the IL Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. P.A.S.O. has directly assisted 1,736 new applicants begin this important process and  we have educated over 3,000 about the benefits and requirements for citizenship though direct grassroots community outreach. In addition, P.A.S.O. ardently works to empower and develop community leaders to become active agents of change in their communities as we work to insure the rights of immigrants are respected, as well as for the passage of sound legislation and policies that uphold and respect the contributions of immigrants in Illinois.


While citizenship is the pinnacle of immigrant integration, we cannot have a thriving country- economically or socially- when thousands of families are being separated and taken from the communities they live in and contribute to. To date, two million people have been deported since 2009 and President Obama has deported more people than any other president in US history. It is imperative for effective immigrant integration at the municipal and state level along with federal policies and actions that respect and maintain families together be implemented for communities to thrive and prosper. In Illinois, immigrants comprise 14% of the population; with their minor children, they account for one in every five of our state’s residents.  Nearly three in five of all Illinois immigrants live in the Chicago suburbs.


P.A.S.O. will continue working with key partners at the local, state and national level to ensure immigrants can live dignified lives and integrate in their communities, have an opportunity to live without fear and stay united with their families, and for legislation and policies that respect immigrants by empowering community members to develop and organize.

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Rally for Sanctuary in Oak Park: No Loopholes, No Collaboration

February 4, 2017, 12:00pm - February 4, 2017, 2:00pm

At the last Village Board Meeting in January, community members packed the chambers of Village Hall to ask the Oak Park Village Board to work to pass a strong and inclusive Welcoming Village Ordinance. The initially proposed policy was rejected because it contained problematic deportation loopholes. Under the proposed policy, collaboration with ICE would have been permissible if an immigrant is a defendant in a case. This would mean immigrant residents could be turned over to ICE even before getting their day in court. Village officials could also turn a resident over to ICE if their name appeared in a suspected gang database, which is problematic given the discretionary and unreliable nature of such databases. Across the country, children younger than 10 have been on these lists for wearing pants that were “too baggy.” In California, 42 people were placed on the list before turning one year of age. The Oak Park Trustees agreed it was imperative for Oak Park to revisit its policy and to work with community and immigrant advocacy organizations to ensure Oak Park passes the most progressive policy possible. Since then, immigrant advocacy, legal organizations, and Oak Park community institutions have presented the Village with policy that can ensure protection and which removes the loopholes that would open the door for collaboration. The Village now has an opportunity to ensure Oak Park lives up to its progressive values by taking bold and courageous action to pass a strong Welcoming Ordinance without loopholes. The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6 at 7:30 PM. Join us this weekend to call on the Village of Oak Park to pass a strong Welcoming Ordinance without loopholes that can ensure protection, not collaboration! Immigrant, Muslim, and refugee communities are under unprecedented attacks. Last week, the Trump administration passed Executive Orders which essentially make all immigrants subject and priority for deportation. Now more than ever Oak Park must remain true to its principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. --------- Sponsoring organizations: The Arab American Action Network (AAAN), the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine - Oak Park, Community of Congregations, the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County, the Democratic Party of Oak Park (DPOP), the Oak Park Progressive Women for Action, the Oak Park Community Relations Commission, the Suburban Unity Alliance (SUA), and the West Suburban Action Project (PASO). To add your organization’s name to the list of supporting organizations email

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Day 5 of the Resistance:Protest & Press Conference at DHS office

February 1, 2017, 4:30pm - February 1, 2017, 7:00pm

Day 5 of the resistance to Trump's executive orders: press conference and protest at Chicago's Department of Homeland Security Wednesday, February 1st #NoMuslimBan #Not1More #RealSanctuary Mexican Consulate confirms that Mexican travelers are also being held for more stringent questioning at customs WHAT: Press conference and protest in response to the Trump Administration's executive orders signed last week that threatens federal funding to sanctuary cities; and effectively bans all refugees, plus citizens of seven Arab, African, or Muslim countries, from entering the U.S. WHERE: Outside the Department of Homeland Security, 525 W. Van Buren Street, downtown Chicago WHEN: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, at 4:30 PM CST CHICAGO - This past weekend, thousands of members of Chicago's immigrant communities and their supporters descended on O'Hare airport for two consecutive nights, calling for the release of Arabs, Africans, and/or Muslims who were being detained at the airport in response to Donald Trump's executive order on Friday. That order effectively bans ALL refugees, plus citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan (including legal residents of the United States with green cards), from entering the country. The orders were enacted while many refugee families were in transit to the United States. Federal judges in Brooklyn and other districts ruled for a stay of the executive order, rejecting the policy as unconstitutional, but Trump's Department of Homeland Security has ignored the federal injunction and continues to detain. Channel 5 News in Chicago has reported that the individuals in secondary detention are being asked a series of questions related to their faith and political beliefs, including "Do you hate the United States?" "What do you think about Trump?" and "Where is the mosque in which you pray?" In addition, there are reports confirmed by the Mexican Consulate that non-U.S. citizen Mexican travelers are also facing increased scrutiny and questioning. On Wednesday, February 1st, outside the offices of the Department of Homeland Security in Chicago, thousands again will take to the streets calling on Trump to rescind his executive order, for the release of all detainees in Chicago and across the country, for the city to remove the deportation and other carve outs from its Welcoming City ordinance, for an end to the criminalization of Black and other people of color, and for an end to all detentions and deportations. Conveners and supporters: Arab American Action Network, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Organized Communities Against Deportations, United African Organization, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, PASO-West Suburban Action Project, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigrant Justice Center, U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Teachers Union, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Syrian Action Network, Arab American Family Services, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, Anakbayan, Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, United Electrical Workers (UE) Western Region, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, United Working Families, Fight for 15-Chicago,Enlace Chicago, Student and Graduate Activists (SAGA)-UIC, Pilsen Alliance, The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance - Illinois, Indo-American Center elected and appointed officials, and many other advocacy, immigrant rights, and legal groups.

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