Lawrence BenitoOne year after President Obama’s deferred deportations program was announced, Illinois immigrant groups are pushing for action from both the U.S. Supreme Court and voters.
Lawrence Benito, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, wants the Court to take up the appeal of a decision blocking the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Until then, he says his group and others aim to register 20,000 new voters who are either immigrants or the native-born children of immigrants.
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“We’re going to continue to organize and push so that the Supreme Court takes up this case,” Benito said. “We’re going to use this issue as we educate our voters towards the election in 2016, and we do believe the road to the White House goes through the immigrant community.”
Benito says even for immigrants who can’t vote, he hopes they can become involved in the election by “organizing and educating” members of their family who can cast a ballot in 2016.
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