OFA, 3rd District Residents, push Rep. Lipinski on Immigration Reform

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From the OFA official press release :

On Monday, July 1, 2013 after the winning vote for comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate, Organizing for Action – Illinois, Chicago 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno and local community members held an event calling on Rep. Lipinski to continue support for CIR.  Sixty-eight Senators banded together in voting for a common sense bill that would strengthen border security, crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers, streamline the legal immigration system, and create an earned pathway to citizenship.  The CBO confirmed that this bill would grow our economy, create new jobs and reduce our deficit by nearly $1 trillion over the next two decades.

Chicago 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno is a strong advocate of comprehensive immigration reform.

 "Our nation has been, and continues to be, made from immigrants. It's time for the Federal government to finally get its act together and bring this latest group of folks into the light, so they can take their rightful place among us, as full and dedicated Americans."

He stood alongside OFA-Illinois and community members to make sure this country and state moves forward in this important legislation.

As a DREAMer, Marnee Ostoa brings light to the difficulties that immigrants face in America.  Personal heartbreaks of finding out she wasn’t a citizen crushed her when she was a child. But, picking herself back up, she now is an outstanding member of society.

“When I was 12 I was listening to the radio and I heard an announcement. John Robert Powers was holding a casting in search for the next Disney Channel star…The next day I told my parents that they had to take me to a casting…they looked at each other without saying a word. My dad then told me we had to talk, we went to my room and he told me that even if I were to be accepted I wouldn't be able to do it because I was undocumented. That broke my heart and I couldn't accept it so I made them take me to that casting. I was determined to be a star. The casting went better than I expected and one day later they told me that I had been accepted to a callback casting in L.A. I was very happy. Then they asked me to bring my social security number and legal documents. I didn't have them. I told them that and they said that I couldn't be part of it if I wasn't a legal resident. They apologized and hung up.”

OFA-Illinois volunteers know their work has just begun.  The Senate vote was a great step forward. Now it's time to take the fight to the House and make sure Congress acts to pass comprehensive immigration reform to strengthen the economy and ensure the American Dream for this generation and generations to come. 11 million people can come out of the shadows, and here in Illinois, the economic boost will be tremendous.  Immigration reform will in a decade add $30.4 Billion increase in GSP, $16.3 in wage increases for states residents, and 4,400 jobs annually, according to the Center for American Progress.



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