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One Nation, One Dream for Immigrants in Illinois

March 16, 2009

Chicago, IL - Faith, labor, business and immigrant groups in Illinois are coming together to push for reforms that would put thousands on the path to citizenship. The "One Nation, One Dream" campaign is calling for legislation that offers access to English classes, makes citizenship affordable, and protects workers.

Activists say immigrants in Illinois want to live the American dream, but often face too many hurdles in their efforts to become U.S. citizens. The executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Joshua Hoyt, says the lack of access to English classes and high fees on citizenship applications make it hard for immigrants to fully integrate into society.

"To participate fully in the democracy, the undocumented need to be able to become citizens; all immigrants need to be able to learn English; and the legal immigrants need to be able to afford to be able to become American citizens."

Hoyt says while immigration has been a controversial issue, most people want Congress to stop fighting and find some answers.

"Solutions are available; you can have more enforcement, you can have control at the border, and you can have just, humane, and compassionate immigration reform."

The campaign is also calling for reforms that would establish safe migration laws, ensure fair treatment for immigrant workers, and reunite families by reducing backlogs.

President Obama has said that, with the economic crisis continuing, it will take some time to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform, but says he's still committed to making it happen. Many immigration reform supporters are optimistic that legislation will go before Congress this year.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IL