Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) will join the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and others to advocate for immigration reform in conjunction with the Day of Dignity and Respect Oct. 5, according to a news release from the coalition.
The day is part of a nationwide event encouraging legislators to act quickly on passing an immigration reform bill that contains a path to citizenship, the release said. 50 cars will caravan into Wheaton to canvass the city after a 9:30 a.m. press conference in Chicago's Union Park. The caravan is slated to arrive at around 11 a.m. at 213 S. Wheaton Ave., according to the release.
Wheaton resident and congressman, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), has been vocal in his opposition to immigration reform. In a recent column in Suburban Life newspapers, Roskam wrote that while "without immigrants, the place we call home would not be as economically developed, culturally rich and deeply diverse as it is today," establishing border security is paramount before individual and specific bills to fix the country's "broken system" are passed.
The news release said Roskam is "out of touch with the 85 percent of Illinoisans voters who support citizenship," and noted his vote against the 2010 DREAM Act.
To learn more about the Day of Dignity and Respect, visit icirr.org