By Laura Katauskas
As the immigrant community grapples with the ramifications of the presidential election, local community organization Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project is aiming to keep families informed of their rights.
The SSIP maintains that it is committed to fighting for immigration reform and ready to protect immigrant families from deportation.
Executive Director of SSIP Jose Vera said this election season SSIP did its best to mobilize immigrant voters in the suburbs to the polls. In its non-partisan work, volunteers knocked on 1,589 doors, made 5,665 calls, registering more than 500 new voters, to make sure people participated in this election.
“The election results are not what we expected, but it is important to note that in Illinois the immigrant community showed up to the polls and we delivered,” said Vera. “Immigrant voters voted against hate, and we will remain strong and united. We are not going to accept any policies that tear families apart, and we will be in the front lines doing whatever it takes to protect immigrant families in the suburbs.”
Vera said one of their main concerns are for the children who are afraid they will be separated from their families. The SSIP will soon be announcing community meetings to bring the community together to reflect on the election results and discuss how to move forward.
“There is no room for bigotry in our community,” said Vera. “The suburban immigrant community is resilient, we are not going anywhere, and we will continue to fight for what is right.”
The SSIP plans to announce massive “Know Your Rights” trainings throughout the suburbs in an effort to prepare people for any possible outcome. For more information, call 630-296-6755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.