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Written by Maryam Arain   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:23
Muslim community leaders host a press conference to garner support for immigration reform

(CHICAGO, 5/29/2013)-- On Thursday, May 30th, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will host a press conference with leaders of the Muslim communities of Chicago in an attempt to rally support for immigration reform. CAIR-Chicago, and the Muslim community at large, would like to encourage Senator Mark Kirk and all Congressional leaders who have been silent in regards to Comprehensive Immigration Reform to come out in favor of it.

WHAT: Press conference to urge congressional support for immigration reform

WHEN: Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 11:00am

WHERE: Azima Center, CAIR-Chicago, 17 N. State Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60602

WHO: Participants in the press conference will include:
  • Oussama Jammal and Karen Danielson, Mosque Foundation and MAS PACE
  • Kareem Irfan, Muslim American Advisory Council for the Governor of Illinois and Council of Religious Leaders of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)
  • Syed Shahnawaz Khan, Downtown Islamic Center and CIOGC
  • Reema Ahmed, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago

"Elected officials are in Washington to represent their constituents, their dreams, aspirations, and expectations – not themselves," said CAIR-Chicago's Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. "It is unacceptable that elected officials be silent on this crucial issue at this historic juncture. Senator Kirk, like every official, owes his constituents full transparency as to his position on the issue. We hope it is the right one that will help fix a broken system and help move this great nation forward to a new era of functionality and opportunity. There’s no alternative to reform."

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Senate immigration reform bill which initiated a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. SB 744 passed with strong bipartisan support and it will now move to the Senate for a full vote.

While this marks a step in the right direction, more work, including addressing the decrease in family visas, is yet to be done!


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