Immigration-reform group holds Fourth-of-July march

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By Stefano ESposito Staff Reporter July 4, 2013 2:28PM

For much of their march along a weedy, desolate stretch of South Ashland on Thursday, only the pigeons took note of the clatter rising up from a small band of drum-banging, cymbal-crashing immigration-rights protesters.

No matter, said Miriam Perez, one of the organizers of the Fourth of July rally.

“Even if we’re like five or 10 people, we’re like an army,” said a defiant Perez, 25, a member of the Chicago-based Familia Latina Unida.

The group — numbering about 50 — marched 10 blocks south along Ashland to 41st, where the group says immigration officials raided the Swap-O-Rama last week, unjustly arresting patrons at a flea market popular among Latinos.

A spokeswoman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement later in the day said the 13 arrests Saturday were part of a joint Homeland Security and Cook County Sheriff’s Office investigation targeting vendors selling pirated CDs. The operation was connected to the customs side of the federal agency, not immigration, spokeswoman Gail Montenegro said in an email.

The marchers, including several children of illegal immigrants, blasted President Obama for what they see as a failure to keep his promises to Latinos seeking speedy immigration reform and an end to deportations.

“We’re starting to feel like battered wives, where the husband keeps telling us that he’s going to get better and going to change and he promises us the world,” said pastor and immigrant rights activist Emma Lozano. “But then he comes back and he just beats us down again.”

Lozano it was time for Latinos to declare their “independence” from both major political parties because “both parties are playing politics with our families.”

“We come here today on the Fourth of July — Latino families — to declare our independence to both political parties,” said Lozano, saying that both Republicans and Democrats have failed a Latino community seeking an overhaul of the country’s immigration system.

Last month, the U.S. Senate passed a historic immigration reform bill, but it now faces an uncertain future in the House.

Bladimir Caballero, 13, came with his family. Bladimir says he and his mother are facing deportation because she brought him here illegally from Honduras when he was just a baby.

All the teen knows of his homeland is what others have told him: “It’s like a beautiful place — lots of rivers and beaches,” he said.

Besides, Bladimir has big plans for his future in America.

“I want to go to Harvard,” he said. “If I don’t make it as a lawyer, I want to be a soccer player.”


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It seems like illegal immigrants (those who haven't been given a deferred status) have no chance of seeing an amnesty unless Democrats take the house next year. I do not see this happening considering that many of the Southern states are enacting tougher voter ID laws.

By the way, Latinos like to complain that Democrats do not do enough for them. Well, it is hard to pass a law when you control only one chamber of a legislative branch. As for Obama's administration - he already concentrates all the enforcement on those illegal immigrants who have criminal convictions. Do they want him to stop deportations completely and let dangerous criminal aliens to stay in the country? That would be extremely stupid.

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i suggest you pay attention to the news more closely. republicans desperately need the vote of many of those undocumented americans, and they have admitted it. that's if they plan to stay relevant in the future. reform is coming and there is already a first step measure in place. it's just a matter on time now.