Sara McElmurry,

Xochitl Espinosa,



Chicago Latino Leaders to Congress:

Immigration Reform Can’t Take a Recess

As part of a national campaign, local Latino leadership holds in-district Congressional visits to demand stop to deportations, reunification of families, and fair path to permanent residency and citizenship


Who: Member organizations of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), including the Access Living/Cambiando Vidas, Durango Unido en Chicago, Federación De Clubes Michoacános en Illinois (FEDECMI/Casa Michoacán), Latino Policy Forum, Movimiento de Inmigrantes Guatemaltecos en  Estados Unidos (MIGUA), and Telpochcalli Community Education Project (TCEP), will visit in-district offices of Congressional leadership to keep momentum going on immigration reform during Easter Recess. Open Communities, an NALACC ally organization, will also participate.

What: Meetings come as part of the ongoing campaign “Lifting Latino Voices, Sharing our Stories,” organized across the nation by NALACC. The goals of the campaign are to educate the public about the potential implications of immigration reform and to ensure that legislators incorporate the concerns of the Latino immigrant community in the current debate, including:

  • Halt Deportations:  The immediate halt of deportations of non-criminal immigrants who may eventually benefit from reform, and the release of detained immigrants without any violent criminal background.
  • Keep Families Together:  Reunification of families, including elimination of waiting times greater than one year in the family visa petition system.
  • Ensure Fair Access to Citizenship:  Immigration reform should include swift, fair and humane access to legal permanent residency, which puts people on a direct path to citizenship.


When: Visits will take place during Easter Recess, March 25-29. For details, contact Sara McElmurry at the Latino Policy Forum ( or Xochitl Espinosa at NALACC (


NALACC member organizations are joining this national campaign in the following cities: Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX; Greenville, NC; Omaha, NE; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Las Vegas, NV.