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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!

 

 

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!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!

 

Watch Liz’ powerful testimony on Chicago Tribune HERE

I also have a question for you, how would you feel if you had to leave your country to give a better life to your children and all of a sudden immigration came to your house and took you away from your family? How would you feel if you were separated from your children?

That is something no child should have to go through!

My dad has a deportation order, and I worry every night that they will try to separate him from us. This would affect me a lot because my dad and mom take very good care of us, and work very hard so that I can have the food, clothes and a home to live in.

My parents are hardworking people, who love us very much. They are like any other parent! My parents are not criminals and it’s not right they are treated like that.

That is why I am here today and 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.

I ask the Senators and Congressmen to make sure my dad who has a deportation is included in immigration reform.  I will work with my sister and all the other children here today to fight for our parents and for inclusive immigration reform!

Si se puede! Thank you!

 

Coverage of Children’s March and other P.A.S.O. Youth leaders:

WGN TV (Featuring Liz) 

Univision Chicago  (Featuring Betsy) 

NBC Chicago  (Featuring Norma Herrera and Sones Mexicanos) 

 ABC Local (Senators’ responses)

 

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

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

Scoville Park

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 lissette@pasoaction.org.

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

525 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607-3814, United States

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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