Whereas, The Mayor and City Council of Chicago have gone on record calling for an immediate moratorium on raids, deportations and separation of families until comprehensive immigration reform in passed;
And Whereas, the Mayor and City Council of Chicago have also gone on record calling for immediate consideration and passage of comprehensive immigration reform;
And, Whereas, the actual number of arrests and consequent separation of families including many U.S. citizens has actually increased in number during this administration in comparison with the Bush administration,
And, Whereas, many of these U.S. citizens deprived cruelly of their family members during these last months are residents of the city of Chicago and are our neighbors, fellow workers and members of our churches; and
Whereas, although there is a democratic controlled Congress, no legislation for comprehensive immigration reform was brought to consideration in the first 14 months of this administration for consideration;
and Whereas a national march on Washington has been called for March 21st which represents a de facto deadline for the consideration of comprehensive immigration reform during this administration;
Whereas the leaders of Familias Unidas have asked the Mayor and members of the City Council to accompany and support them, representing the stated will and determination of this city council;
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Mayor and City Council proclaim March 21st, 2010, as “Faith and Family Day of Prayer for Immigration Reform” and endorses the March 21st March on Washington.
Be it further resolved that the Mayor and members of the City Council will make every effort to ride on one of the buses to Washington leaving March 20th to make clear the City of Chicago’s commitment to an immediate moratorium on raids, deportations and separation of families and to the immediate passage of comprehensive immigration reform.
And be it Further Resolved that a suitable copy of this resolution be prepared and sent to the Illinois Congressional delegation and to the President of the United States.