Groups protest and pressure Obama for immigration reform

Immigrant rights organizations will hold a protest and prayer vigil in Chicago Tuesday to pressure the Obama Administration to push for immigration reform. It is one of many protests anticipated across the country.

They are upset that Obama has twice postponed a meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss immigration issues.  According to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the meeting was supposed to take place June 8 and was changed to June 17. Now they say it has been indefinitely postponed.

These advocates are right in calling out President Obama. He was in Chicago Monday to talk about health care reform. But immigration has not be a front burner issue.

There are an estimated 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and we can’t just ignore them any longer. We need a solution that will unify families and allow those who have contributed to our economy to become fully integrated into this country.
President Bush said he regretted not working harder to achieve
immigration reform. Hopefully, President Obama will not delay any

The protest will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Federal Plaza at Dearborn and Jackson.

The groups expected to participate include, Priests for Justice for
, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Illinois Coalition for
Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Southwest Organizing Project, Instituto
del Progreso Latino
Albany Park Neighborhood Council, The
Resurrection Project
, St. Pius Church, Centro Sin Fronteras, Poder
Learning Center
, Pilsen Wellness Center, Coalition for Better
Chinatown, and McHenry County Latino Coalition.

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