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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

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Apr 11 2013

Religious Leaders Launch New Immigration Reform Campaign

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!


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.

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Mar 28 2013

“I will fight for my parents, and other immigrant families! No child should have to be separated from their parents and live with that constant fear.”

On Tuesday, March 26th,  over 80 children and parents from P.A.S.O.  joined a Children’s March from Millenium Park to Federal Plaza in support of immigration reform, where over 1,000 people called on their Senators and Congressmen to take into account their families and pass an inclusive and comprehensive immigration reform.

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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!

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Mar 14 2013

The position for community organizer has been filled. Please keep posted for future job openings.

Join the P.A.S.O. team and help build immigrant and Latino empowerment and leadership in the suburbs!Images- Im an Organizer

 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/legislative campaigns and/or immigrant rights  (college campus work or faith-based community/missionary work included as experience). Experience working within immigrant communities and immigrant rights is highly desired. P.A.S.O. is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. People of color, especially women, immigrants and children of immigrants are highly encouraged to apply for this position. Resumes will be accepted by April 15th. Please see below for full job description. 

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Feb 13 2013

Presidente Obama, Senador Marco Rubio: Ya basta de Retorica sobre Enforzamiento de la Frontera! Ya van 1,594,405 deportaciones desde 2009! Necesitamos un camino a la ciudadania y reunificacion de familias para todos.

February 13, 2013

Para distribucion inmediata:

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.

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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

January 31st, 3:40 pm  ·  

Unase a PASO para seguir la resistencia a las pólizas destructivas en contra de comunidades de color, inmigrantes, Musulmanas, LGBTQ, mujeres, y otras comunidades vulnerables! ...

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.

January 31st, 12:35 pm  ·  

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