La Raza | Chicago Immigrant Communities Advocate For A Path To Citizenship In The Federal Budget

Crescencia's immigration status has not been an impediment for her to actively get involved in pro-legalization marches and demonstrations, nor for her to participate as a volunteer mother in the classrooms of her children's school for several years.

“I have been a volunteer at my children's school since the youngest was in kindergarten and right now he is going to the last year of high school,” said Crescencia, who has two US citizen children, ages 20 and 17. She says her oldest son was diagnosed with slow mental development and that the youngest has suffered from depression and other emotional problems.

​​As a volunteer with Communities United, an organization that advocates for immigrant rights, Crescencia attended the rally and march for a path to citizenship and an end to deportations organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Refugees (ICIRR). The rally took place outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Thursday, July 8. After the rally, a march was held that culminated in the Federal Plaza.

Activists, immigrants, community leaders and elected legislators push for a path to citizenship at rally and march in downtown Chicago. 

"Now the efforts are to include relief for undocumented communities through the federal budget, we know that with the dynamics that exist in Washington right now it is possibly the most accessible opportunity, there is a greater chance that something will happen," said Juan. Cruz, community organizer of United Communities.

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