Pablo Manriquez Highlights January Meet-Up

Roll Call Director of Communications Pablo Manriquez

Good discussions at our January Meet-Up among our group including several new people eager to stop hand wringing and do something. Joining us from DC via skype was Roll Call Director of Communications Pablo Manriquez who fielded our questions about DACA, Trump-Russia col lusion and more.

Pablo has useful insight to help inform us on the issues and left us with a number of resources worth investigating including online news: At the Races, Fox News (yes) “Halftime Report;” and Emily Wilkins at Bloomberg for Education issues, Dean DeChiaro on Immigration and Brian Williams at 11PM on MSNBC.

Yes, Pablo’s image looks a little frightening here. He wasn’t. Good guy. We’ll have him back.

Legislator Calls: November 6, 2017

Calls Week of November 6

Before you make those calls: Read our Blog post on being an efficient caller.

Representative Schneider and Senators Duckworth and Durbin this week:

  • Tell Representative Schneider*:

    • Advocate for the economic rights of our poorest neighbors
      • Advocate for poor Americans who make less than $18,600 per year and for middle class families who stand to lose tax benefits
      • Thank Representative Schneider for speaking out on this issue in his statement.
  • Tell your Representative and Senators*:

  • Tell your Senators*:

    • Support a clean DREAM act
      • Thank Senator Durbin for Co-sponsoring the bill.
      • Urge Senator Duckworth to become a co-sponsor.
    • Oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court
      • Hundreds of civil rights groups oppose him because of his demonstrated opposition to voting rights, workers’ rights, and civil rights. This appointment is dangerous for democracy.
      • Urge Senators Duckworth and Durbin to vote “No” on this nomination
*Q: Why do I tell my Representative and Senators different lists of issues? Why don’t I read them all the same script?
A: Because certain responsibilities originate in the House of Representative (tax bills start there) and other responsibilities originate in the Senate (confirmations of appointees).
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Attend this Citizenship Ceremony in Waukegan 10/17/17

You are invited to join Congressman Brad Schneider and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services at the historic Genesee Theatre on October 17, at 11AM, to witness over 200 people take their oath of citizenship and become new American Citizens.
 

Details:

Date: October 17, 2017

Address:: Genesee Theatre, 203 North Genesee Street, Waukegan
Time: Ceremony starts at 11 AM sharp; please plan to arrive earlier
Parking: There is a garage a block west and a lot a block east

Immigration: Citizenship Workshop Needs Volunteers

The Hispanic American Community Education and Services (HACES) organization in Waukegan is holding a Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 to noon.  Please come and help participants fill out their papers to become U.S. Citizens.  Address is 820 Greenwood Ave. in Waukegan.  For more information, call 847-244-0300.  No experience necessary, but training may be required.

Volunteers Desperately Needed to Help DACA Recipients

Because of Trump’s announcement that DACA will terminate in six months, all current DACA recipients must re-apply by October 5, 2017 in order to get a two-year renewal. Numerous immigration organizations are holding workshops to help with this process.

HACES in Waukegan has scheduled the following dates and times where volunteers are needed:

  • Thursdays Sept. 14, 21, 28 from 1 PM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 AM to 1 PM with a training session beginning at 8 AM

If you are interested in volunteering, contact HACES at 847-244- 0300 or Maria Elena Jonas at mejonas@haces.org. HACES is located at 820 WS. Greenwood in Waukegan. You can also contact me, Holly Kerr, at hollyfk1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Stand with Dreamers

Take Action Now to Protect Dreamers

Trump dealt a stunning blow to Dreamers last week when he announced the DACA program will be phased out by March 6th, 2018. But many DACA and would-be DACA recipients are vulnerable now. Take a few minutes to make some calls to show your support for America’s Dreamers:

Call:

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: 202-224-2854

Sen. Dick Durbin: 202-224-2152

Rep Brad Schneider: 202-225-4835

Script:

Durbin: Thank you for sponsoring the Dream Act S.1615. Please continue your hard work pushing this legislation through Congress. I support this bill, and stand with you and our nation’s Dreamers.

Duckworth: Congress has several options to protect DACA recipients. Can I count on you to support the Dream Act S.1615? Thank you.

Schneider: Congress has several options to protect DACA recipients. Can I count on you to support the American Hope Act H.R. 3591 and Bridge Act H.R. 496? Thank you.

DACA Needs Our Help Now: Stand with Dreamers

Trump is poised to let DACA expire and is making a statement on Tuesday, 9/5.

If this happens then 800,000 young immigrants, who have lived in the U.S. since childhood, will lose jobs, be forced out of college, and face the risk of immediate deportation. We can’t let that happen. Here’s how you can help:

  • Call your MoCs and let them know that taking legal status away from these brave young DACA recipients so Trump can deport them is immoral and wrong. Here’s more for your message: http://bit.ly/2vTH0qP
  • Call the @HouseGOP and @SenateGOP. Tell them they have a choice: side w/ 800,000+ young immigrants and protect them… or uphold Trump’s hate agenda. Ask them which side of history they want to be on. You’ll find key GOP phone numbers at defenddaca.com. Call them.
  • Attend the press conference following Trump’s announcement on Tuesday, 9/5 at the Federal Plaza at 5:30.

Please stand up for our nation’s Dreamers.

Urge Gov. Rauner to Sign the TRUST Act to Protect Illinois Immigrants

Immigrants are our neighbors and shouldn’t have to live in fear. Please call Gov. Rauner today.

Here’s the script:
My name is ___.   I am an Illinois resident. I’d like to thank the Governor for his commitment to sign the TRUST Act, and ask that he sign the bill immediately.   Thank you.

Springfield: 217-782-0244             Chicago: 312-814-2121

The Promise of America – New US Citizens Become Registered Voters

Swearing in ceremony for 114 new citizens from 37 countries

Last week I attended my first Citizenship swearing in ceremony. I was there as a volunteer with ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights) to help sign up new citizens to vote. With the Motor Voter registration form, it takes a couple of minutes to fill in the form. It was a bit of a mad house- after everyone has received their Citizenship Certificates, they either go up and have their photos taken in front of the American flag- or just come out of the room enmasse with family and friends. That’s when we are there handing out voter registration forms and suggesting they stay long enough to fill out the form and we will submit it for them. Of the 114 candidates, we got 71 new voters. What a great day for America- and for our new citizens. If you would like to volunteer to help with voter registration, there are weekly ceremonies most Monday through Thursday. Just contact Louisa Sosa at ICIRR at lsosa@icirr.org.

By Holly K

Black Thursday – A Bad Week for Immigrants

Immigrants: We Get the Job Done

by Wendy Rosen

Before you read this post, take five-minutes to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s piercing rap-music video, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done).”

 

Miranda vividly reminds us of the contributions immigrants make to our country and the injustice they endure. After you watch, consider donating to the “Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition,” which provides legal representation and advocacy for “…immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who come to us in search of the American Dream.” Do this because it’s been a tough week for immigrants and refugees within or across our borders.

A partial travel ban took effect Thursday, 6/29, at 8 p.m. The 90-day travel ban bars some people from getting visas if they come from one of six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also bans an undetermined number refugees from entering the country for the next 120 days. The rules determining who is allowed in are based on the hazy determination of an “bona fide” relationship with someone or something in the U.S.  Vox tries to make sense of these rules with a concise explainer.

The U.S. House of Representatives also passed a pair of immigration enforcement bills Thursday: “Kate’s Law” and “No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act,” giving the Trump administration a legislative win after major setbacks with the health care reform bill. These two immigration bills punish sanctuary cities and boost penalties for immigrants who re-enter the U.S after being deported.

These policies will not only harm immigrant families, they will also harm our country’s economy, according to Bloomberg. The loss of immigrants is fueling a labor shortage for U.S. businesses. And fearful immigrant consumers are staying home instead of shopping.

The Trump administration’s claims that connect immigration to crime are proven false by a recent meta-analysis that scanned decades of data. This analysis shows overwhelming consensus that there is no link between crime and immigration.

These administrative policies are nothing more than thinly-veiled racism aimed at spreading chaos and fear. They target hard-working men and women, mothers and fathers, and daughters and sons who arrived on our shores seeking better lives. As we are about to launch fireworks into the night sky to celebrate our nation’s independence, let’s remember those immigrants who came before us to shape our future. We can, and must, do better than this.