President Obama Delay on Administrative Relief Announcement is Unacceptable

September 6, 2014

President Obama Delay on Administrative Relief Announcement is Unacceptable

The following is a statement by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) on President Obama’s decision to delay an announcement on administrative relief until after November elections


ICIRR is deeply disappointed that the President is delaying administrative action that could protect hundreds of thousands of Illinois immigrants and families.    Immigrant communities placed great hope in President Obama when he first ran, only to see those hopes dashed again and again. All the while, millions of immigrant families have been torn apart and will continue to face separation as the White House stalls.

“We will continue to organize to ensure that Latino and immigrant voices are heard and respected, and our families are kept together,” said ICIRR’s CEO Lawrence Benito.  “Neither Republicans or Democrats should take the growing immigrant power for granted, and we will hold both parties accountable through the November elections and beyond.

ICIRR will be organizing a press event with US Representative Luis Gutierrez, community leaders, and immigrant families who have long needed and anticipated changes to our immigration laws.  We will speak with a united voice:  This latest delay is unacceptable, and immigrant communities will not forget.  The press conference is scheduled for Monday at 11:30 am at Casa Michocan, 1638 West Blue Island, Chicago, Illinois

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.

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