Immigrant rights coalition celebrates 25,815 registrations

October 7, 2008
Press Release

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and its’ member organizations announced their success in registering 25,815 voter registrations in the immigrant community through the New Americans Democracy Project “Our Vote is Power” campaign.

"When immigrants come to the U.S. and take important steps to become citizens, there is one thing they rarely take for granted -- their right to vote," Clerk David Orr said. "They want to give their children a better life. That means contributing to the democracy they adopted, having their voices heard by voting, and joining in the public debate on the issues they hold dear."

The next step of these immigrant groups is to “Get-Out-The-Vote” (GOTV) through an unprecedented effort that includes direct contact with over 144,000 immigrant voters through a combination of door-knocking, direct mailers, door-hangers, live and robo-calls. The New Americans Democracy Project has raised over $1 million for their voter registration and GOTV efforts.

The ICIRR’s New Americans Democracy Project (NADP) “Our Vote is Power” campaign aims to build support of elected officials for immigrants to win a fair and humane immigration reform. Using 20 campaign fellows (full time immigrant field organizers) a total of 2,565 Election Day volunteers will work in 694 precincts and target over 144,000 immigrant voters to bring to the polls on Election Day. The campaign focuses in 10 Chicago and 10 suburban immigrant communities in North, Northwest, and Southwest Chicago as well as Waukegan, Glenview, Melrose Park, Cicero, Berwyn, Elgin, Aurora, Joliet, and Calumet City in the suburbs.

“Immigrant families in Illinois have chosen to make America our home because we value our freedoms and our Democracy,” said Juan Salgado, ICIRR Board President. “We are using our democratic freedoms to make our voices and our votes heard like never before. Our nation needs to close the door on the anti-immigrant hate and to pass a just and fair immigration reform that America can be proud of!”

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a state wide coalition of over 100 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.

For more information, visit ICIRR’s website or call Catherine Salgado at 312.332.7360 ext. 235.