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New Wave of Americans Waving Flags in Illinois this Weekend

June 27, 2008

Chicago – New Americans from around the country are gathering in Illinois this weekend to celebrate Democracy Day. In addition, they'll learn how to help fellow eligible immigrants register to vote and fill out citizenship papers.

Flavia Jimenez, with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, says some immigrants have been waiting a year or longer for their citizenship papers to be processed. Even so, they are still enthusiastic about voting and encouraging other New Americans to register.

"So many people who are stuck in the backlog –- people who want to integrate and want to become part of their communities –- still want to seek citizenship. They still want to participate and vote even after the long wait."

Jimenez says election-year priorities for immigrants aren't much different than priorities for those born in the United States.

"Things that are important to immigrant families are important to every family. These are bread-and-butter issues, including education and health care."

Saturday's Democracy Day rally will honor Latinos, Asians, Muslims, Poles and Arabs. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Foreman High School, 235 N. LeClaire Ave., Chicago.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - IL