Immigrant rights advocates, workers and other activists will
march and rally in the city today in support of workers' rights and
comprehensive immigration reform that provides a
fair pathway to citizenship and stops deportations until a new law is passed.
Members of SEIU* Local 1 and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) prepared for the May Day event yesterday by making signs and hashing out final details for the rallies.
"Having immigration reform is going to help a lot of families fix their
status and come out of the shadows and stop living in fear," said
Graciela Vergara, chair of the SEIU Central Region Latino Caucus, at the
sign making event. "A lot of our people in our community live in fear,
because they’re not here legally ... and we know that a lot of companies, a
lot of employers have been doing E-Verify. A lot of families have been
The following was written by Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor.
One positive side effect of Congress passing comprehensive
immigration reform would be an increase in workplace safety and a
reduction in the staggering number of fatalities, injuries and illnesses
suffered by workers on the job in the United States.
over the most sweeping reform to our nation’s immigration system
provides added significance as we honor Workers Memorial Day on April
28, remembering those who were killed, injured or became seriously ill
because of their job.
Chicago community, faith and labor allies said they stand in solidarity
with immigrant rights advocates and will make a push for comprehensive
immigration reform at the upcoming May Day workers' march and
celebration in the city.
Northern Mexico is in the grips of one of the worst droughts in its
history. Acres upon acres of crops have been wiped out so far, and more
than two million people are without reliable water.
weather events like what’s happening in northern Mexico will likely
become the norm in years to come as a result of climate change, leading to
an influx of “climate refugees” forced to leave their homes due to
unlivable conditions, said Jerry Mead-Lucero of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization.
conditions we’re seeing now are the future,” Mead-Lucero said at Wednesday night’s climate change and migration discussion at Casa Michoacán in
As Congress works toward the final stages of an immigration reform plan, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress explores how immigration and the growing Latino population could impact the future political landscape in key states.
Immigration issues among Latino voters were crucial in swinging the 2012 presidential election.
the rapid growth and voting power of the Latino population also ensured
key swing states such as Florida, Colorado and Nevada voted for the current Democratic president, according to the brief.
Key states such as
Arizona and North Carolina are also reaching demographic tipping points that could shift the states reliably blue, said Philip Wolgin,
senior policy analyst for immigration at the Center for American
“These are states that are becoming swing states in a
way that I think nobody really envisioned would have happened in the
past,” he said.
Former State Rep. Robin Kelly, 56, of Matteson will be the next congressional representative for Illinois’ 2nd District, fulfilling a long-standing tradition of Democratic delegates for Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs.