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.
P.A.S.O. congratulates the Priests for Justice for Immigrants and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants for launching the Together as Brothers and Sisters Campaign for comprehensive immigration reform. Faith in Action!
RELIGIOUS LEADERS LAUNCH NEW IMMIGRATION REFORM CAMPAIGN
Together as Brothers and Sisters Campaign Announced by Priests for Justice for Immigrants and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants
Chicago, IL (April 11, 2013) – Priests for Justice for Immigrants, a group of more than 200 priests, and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, a network of over 180 sisters and brothers representing 59 religious orders, along with immigrant families and native-born supporters, gathered at Holy Name Cathedral today to launch the Together as Brothers and Sisters campaign. This launch, part of a series of ongoing activities coordinated by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education, aims to bring attention to the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform.
The Together as Brothers and Sisters campaign reaffirms the Church’s commitment to support comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship, preserves family unity, provides a pathway for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in the United States, restores due process protections to our immigration enforcement policies, and addresses the root causes of migration.
Liz Marquez, a young P.A.S.O. leader who is 9 years old, shared her testimony and showed how children of undocumented parents currently live in fear that they will be separated from their families. They are not staying quiet though, and are taking a stand to fight for their parents. Read her powerful testimony below:
My name is Liz Marquez, I am 9 years old. I am here today with my sister Yareli and with the organization PASO in Melrose Park. I have an important message today for President Obama, the senators and congressmen. Listen to me very carefully and do not ignore me: The time is now to pass immigration reform!
Carla Argueta, P.A.S.O.’s community organizer and citizenship coordinator, will be heading to grad school this Fall! P.A.S.O. is hiring a community organizer position! We are looking for an energetic, self-driven person with a commitment to social justice and dedication to building immigrant and Latina/o leadership and empowerment in the Suburbs, and working with multiple issues. We are looking for someone with 1-2 community organizing/community empowerment, political/
February 13, 2013
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Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste (PASO) aplaude al Presidente Obama por la determinación de finalmente pasar una reforma migratoria como lo mencionó en su discurso anoche. Desde la elección del 2012 se ha visto un gran cambio en ambos partidos hacia la comunidad Latina en respuesta a nuestras demostraciones y demandas por una reforma migratoria. Sin embargo, estamos preocupados sobre el lenguaje que ambos partidos están usando, y la falta de detalles sobre el camino a la ciudadanía y reunificación de familias.
Basta Ya con Lenguaje de “Enforzamiento Primero”: La comunidad Latina ha sido atacada con 1,100 deportaciones cada día, un total de 1,594.405 deportaciones bajo el Presidente Obama. Se está tambien viendo por todo el país que centros de detención están aumentando y siendo llenados con nuestra gente- padres de familia, trabajadores y jovenes que no tienen ningun crimen mas que querer dar a sus familias un mejor futuro. Con cada president, el número de deportaciones y dolares gastados en la frontera ha crecido. Gastamos más en control de inmigración que en el FBI y Servicio Secreto combinados! YA BASTA. Somos trabajadores, somos padres de familia, somos estudiantes, no somos criminales.