While the March for America
on the National Mall three weeks ago was largely overshadowed by the health care drama on Capitol Hill, supporters of comprehensive immigration reform are still at it -- both here in Illinois and nationwide. And some high-profile allies are stepping up.
this morning, former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar will advocate
in favor of comprehensive immigration reform at a luncheon
sponsored by about 200 business and social groups. (We'll have coverage of the
event this afternoon.) On Saturday, Sen. Dick Durbin
will join thousands of immigrant leaders and allies in Chicago
to push for further action.
And members of the Service Employees International Union (whose Illinois State Council sponsors this site) are coordinating two-day prayer vigils
outside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Los Angeles, Boston, and Minneapolis today. From a press release:
and Friday’s vigils are an effort to illustrate the ongoing, human cost
of this agency’s misguided, out-of-control immigration enforcement
strategy—which only serves to waste taxpayer resources, hurt
hardworking people, and devastate local communities. ICE’s “strategy”
of sowing misery in workplaces and communities not only fails to tackle
the underlying issue of our broken immigration system—it also
contradicts efforts to improve wages and working conditions of all U.S.