PI Original Ellyn Fortino Thursday April 25th, 2013, 4:37pm

Labor To Stand In Solidarity With Immigration Reform Advocates On May Day (VIDEO)

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.

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.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with our immigrant brothers and sisters in support of securing a comprehensive and equitable immigration reform bill," Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of SEIU* Local 73, said in front of the Haymarket Memorial this morning. "Immigration reform has to include equity for the workers who have been forced to hide in the shadows over these many years."

May 1, or May Day, is an international day of honoring workers.

Labor, immigrant rights advocates and other groups will gather at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., at 2 p.m. on May Day and march to Federal Plaza for a rally later in the afternoon. The Chicago Federation of Labor and the Illinois Labor History Society will also dedicate a new plaque at the Haymarket Memorial, which commemorates the Haymarket Tragedy on May 4, 1886 during the peak of the American labor movement.

“It’s only right that we’re standing here today in the birthplace of the American and international labor movement," said Mario Marin, area director of the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United, an SEIU affiliate."Throughout this past century and the decades we've been fighting against the corporate greed and against corporations on many levels. Today we join hands with our allies, the immigrant rights movement, and fight with them, alongside them, because this is the same fight."

Robert Reiter, secretary-treasurer for the Chicago Federation of Labor, said immigrants led the historic labor movement in the late 1800s.

"The labor movement has always been a movement of immigrants. Those are the folks who fought here in Chicago for the fight for an eight-hour work day," he said. "Those are the folks who continue to fight today to protect those who get taken advantage [of] everyday, not just in the workplace but in all kinds of different places here in our society."

The planned May Day march comes just a few weeks after an immigration reform bill was unveiled by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

Under the proposed bill, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,” undocumented immigrants who are currently residing in the U.S. would be required to wait 10 years before filing for a green card, and after that there would be an additional three-year wait to apply to become a U.S. citizen. Younger undocumented immigrants and agricultural workers, however, would be eligible to apply for a green card within five years. 

Under the bill, the pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants would also be dependent upon the federal government passing several border security measures within a 10-year period.

“I know the immigration reform bill is not perfect, but it’s something that we need to continue to fight for," said Ada Fuentes, an organizer with Chicago Jobs with Justice.

Here's more from Fuentes about why people should participate in the May Day march:

Marin said the country needs comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform, and "We expect to gain that through our actions and through our mobilization."

"We're not going to stop until that fight and our victory is complete," he said.

*The SEIU Illinois Council sponsors this website.

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Amendments that must be introduced to the progressive
“Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act” known as Senate bill 744! 1. IF THE CONGRESS WANTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S TRUST
AGAIN, THEY MUST RESCIND THE CIVIL LAW VIOLATION FOR ENTERING THE UNITED STATES
WITHOUT LAWFUL AUTHORITY. RECLASSIFY THE LAW AS A CLASS 1 FELONY AND
OVERSTAYING AN EXPIRED VISA WITHOUT MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES THE SAME PENALTY?

IN THE WORDS OF THE
HERITAGE FOUNDATION “Amnesty Costs 70 Times More than Enforcement” and each and
every one of us can read the facts and not the propaganda from the left at NumbersUSA.org?
The cost of amnesty: $999 billion.

The cost of attrition by enforcement: as
little as $14 billion.

Amnesty would cost up to 70 times as much as
enforcing existing law. The only people who are going to suffer horribly are
the under privileged Americans of every skin color, who live under the poverty
level, old folks, the special needs individuals and the sick and maimed military services. Also included is the
largest proportion of the Americans who remain jobless. WASHINGTON WOULD RATHER
PANDER TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THEN FIX OUR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT WHICH IS
NOTHING BUT LAUGHABLE AS PEOPLE FEEL INSECURE FROM INEPT POLITICIANS.

TOO MUCH DISCRETION LEFT
TO LIBERALS INCOMPETENCY as the H.S. Secretary Janet Napolitano, Eric Holder and
the other minions. TOO MANY LOOPHOLES FOR THOSE IN HOMELAND SECURITY, TO CHANGE
ON A WHIM ANY NEW LAWS?.

2. Nonsensically as it
seems, Washington has remained unconcerned and even ignorant about the border
fence. The fence that was committed to was never completed, as only 14 miles of
the 700 mile fencing ever existed. It was de-funded by a Texan Republican; even before
the ink was dry on the act. Four members of the Gang of Eight surveyed a
certain heavily populated sector of the border and never strayed to the
thousands of miles, with nothing but some leaning barbed wire. Those who believe
we are well protected from drug smugglers, people traffickers and other heinous
criminals, needs to investigate the daily relay of media articles and reports
only found at AMERICAN PATROL.COM.
Americans should be looking at a high streamlined, double set of fencing
attired with vicious barbed wire. Former
president Bush signed this into law as the 2006 Secure Fence Act and most of it
remains, diagrams on paper, stifled by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson who
dismissed it as incidental, and allowed the discretion of Homeland Security to
allocate the money wherever it pleased them?

3. OUR IDENTIFICATION OF INDIVIDUAL IS BROKEN AND
SO TO ASSURE A U.S. CITIZEN, PERMANENT RESIDENT (GREEN CARD) IS HIRED, EVERY
LEGAL PERSON SHOULD BE ISSUED WITH A MANDATORY BIOMETRIC ID CARD. THE SOCIAL
SECURITY ON ITS OWN HAS BEEN COMPROMISED AND OBSOLETE AND FOREIGN NATIONALS ARE
STEALING PEOPLE’S PERSONAL INFORMATION, CREDIT AND GOING SO FAR AS TO COMMIT PERJURY
AND VOTE IN OFFICIAL ELECTIONS. In that the E-Verify electronic system is
likely to pass as a mandatory law, it is raising concerns amongst the Tea
Party, Independents and Conservatives, that there is no serious prosecution for
hiring illegal migrants or immigrants. It is essential that an amendment be
brought before the Gang of Eight and current committees, that there should be
mandatory punishment, including heavy fines and prison sentences; otherwise
E-Verification is a waste of time. In evidence today is Americans who pay the
salaries and outrageous benefits to those who are supposedly defending our
rights in Washington, other than a limited few have really been indoctrinated with
money, favors from the lobbyists and special interest. Known as Corporate
welfare the wealthy do have the last say to those we foolishly elect over and
over again. By adding expensive tit-bits to bills (Pork) to vote upon, on
behalf of their constituency, they have their foolish

4. Is it deliberate
that the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL has been overlooked in this Comprehensive
Immigration Reform Bill? Are the taxpayers forever going to pay for the
children of illegal aliens, which is an alternate method for financially
supporting the other adult family members? Only the offspring of a U.S. citizen
should be entitled to the right to citizenship, not the smuggled progeny, or
the children of family members already here? This has undoubtedly been the contentious
issue of the “Anchor Baby” whereas people are starved of a better word, to
describe babies who have gained illegal admittance across our borders, or
entered illegally under the pretext as a visitor on an airline or even be boat
or ferry. Agents of the government are unable to detect an unborn fetus, so the
people who are writing the Senate Bill 744, should make it a matter of policy
to allow only the infants of a citizen, to become a citizen. The “Foothold baby”
who becomes an automatic citizen under the misinterpreted present law, can
collect a free education, health care and all the benefits of low income
citizens. Under the Obama’s current law, there is hardly any restriction for
food stamps and an “Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (EBT) for welfare payments,
for every child in the family circle, which includes vouchers for government
housing. By far this fictitious law of instant citizenship renders to the
babies of illegal immigrants hundreds of billions of dollars in state and
federal funds.

All these four issues if implemented into the Opportunity and
Immigration Modernization Act would be a massive financial boon for the
shrinking dollars deficits, in the state or federal
funds as well as the U.S. Taxpayer. CONTACT YOUR TWO U.S. SENATORS TODAY and urge them to oppose
S.744! You can call the Capitol Terminal board toll-free at 1-888-978-3094.
Learn more about this new potential Immigration Reform Bill, in relation to the
huge fraudulent 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act at NumbersUSA.com as
well in petitioning your arguments and standing on this new law. INSIST NO PATH
TO CITIZENSHIP?

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