ICIRR Leads New Americans in March to Polls

March 29, 2016

ICIRR Leads New Americans in March to Polls

CHICAGO- March 8, 2016-- In an unprecedented effort to combat the anti-immigrant sentiment established by the current political presidential candidates, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is planning a march to the polls today.

The march will begin at the Dirksen Federal Building, where dozens of long-term immigrants will be naturalized as new American citizens, and end at the Board of Elections, 69 West Washington, where each person will register to vote and cast their vote early as their civic duty allows. Diverse cultural background will make up the group of marchers that include Polish, Irish and Mexican heritages.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 1 p.m.

Where: Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn

Who: Newly naturalized citizens of Polish, Irish and Mexican decent and other early voters

Immigrants make up nearly 14 percent of our state’s population. As more immigrants become citizens, they will become an increasingly important constituency. ICIRR believes that candidates in the coming elections must recognize the contributions of immigrant communities and endorse pro-immigrant policies if they are to succeed.