Days after Arizona governor signs anti-immigrant SB 1070 into law…
Hundreds to Hold Vigil at Detention Center to Demand Immediate End to Deportations
Student, labor, civic, and faith communities urge federal solutions for broken immigration system What: At a vigil at the Broadview (Ill.) Detention Center (Monday evening, April 26 through Tuesday morning, April 27), immigrant rights advocates will call on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order ending deportations of undocumented immigrants and raids on communities.
This action takes place in solidarity with immigrants in Arizona as a response to the passage of SB 1070, one of the harshest anti-immigrant bills in history. The vigil signals the lengths to which the movement will go in order to stop the destruction and separation of families in Arizona, Illinois and throughout the U.S. if the April 30 deadline for legislative action by the U.S. Senate on immigration deadline is not met as enforcement continues.
Who: Participants represent the broad spectrum of the immigrant rights movement and will include community leaders with relatives facing deportation, labor organizers, naturalized citizens, students and immigrant youth, as well as faith leaders from the Catholic, Jewish and Evangelical traditions.
Vigil participants include Alderman Ricardo Muñoz (22nd Ward); Pastor Freddy Santiago (Fellowship Flock Church); Father Chuck Dahm (St. Pius Catholic Parish); Emma Lozano (Familia Latina Unida); Joshua Hoytt (ICIRR); Laura Garza (Unite Here); Jane Ramsey (Jewish Council on Urban Affairs); Rabbi Bruce Elder (VP of JCUA and rabbi at Congregation Hakafa); Rabbi Joshua Slater (SWOP); Father Brendan Curran (St. Pius Catholic Parish); and Father Michael Pfleger (Saint Sabina Catholic Church).
Monday, April 26, 7:00-9:00 pm — Opening vigil and stories
Tuesday, April 27, 5:30-8:00 am — Morning watch and closing action
Where: Broadview Detention Center, 1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL 60155
Why: Chicago stands in solidarity with immigrants in Arizona resisting the passage of SB 1070. This law is the worst example of anti-immigrant legislation surging across the U.S, mandating local law enforcement to inquire into any person's legal status if they have "reasonable suspicion" that they may be in the country undocumented. This is the direct consequence of the failure by the Obama Administration to work for immigration reform and instead deporting almost 400,000 people during their first year in office. Students, labor, community and faith leaders are tired of the inaction from government leaders. This policy of continuous enforcement without a path to legalization has called into question Obama's commitment to immigrant communities.
Visuals: Event participants will bring photos and testimonies from loved ones who are undocumented and/or facing deportation. Candlelight vigil, Monday (4/26), 7-9 pm; on Tuesday morning (4/27), participants will keep watch as federal vehicles transport detained immigrants for deportation.
Endorsing organizations include:
- Centro Sin Fronteras
- Centro de Trabajadores Unidos
- 8th Day Center for Justice
- Familia Latina Unida
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
- Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL)
- Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA)
- Latino Organization of the Southwest (LOS)
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
- Priests for Justice for Immigrants
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
- Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
- West Suburban Action Project (PASO)