On Friday, February 14 CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez for an update on the effort to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation in Congress at Casa Michoacan in Pilsen . Senator Durbin is the author of the DREAM Act and a member of the bipartisan group which negotiated and passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate last year. Representative Gutierrez is a lead negotiator in the House of Representative’s ongoing discussions surrounding immigration reform. Rep Gutierrez was also a speaker at CAIR-Chicago’s 8th annual banquet in 2012.
Community leaders in attendance at the meeting included Joshua Hoyt of National Partnership for New Americans, ICIRR CEO Lawrence Benito, Sylvia Puente of Latino Policy Forum and Chicago restaurateur Billy Lawless Sr and many more. CAIR-Chicago has long identified immigration reform as one of its key advocacy issues for which we seek to bring a Muslim voice to the table as an integral part of our social justice agenda.
In that, we stand side by side with our Latino brothers and sisters, Asians, Irish, Polish, Africans, and the many other communities affected by deportations, breaking up of families, living in the shadows, and other problems that plague communities on a daily basis as a result of a lack of leadership in fixing what’s clearly broken and boldly ushering America forward to real and sustainable solutions.