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Chicago Immigrants Rally Around Obama

By Kari Lydersen
Lines formed for the first time local residents could remember at polling places in neighborhoods on Chicago's southwest side with large immigrant populations. Even illegal immigrants unable to vote were wearing Obama buttons and voicing support for the candidate who they think could rescue the economy, provide healthcare for low wage workers and "give us papers," in one woman's words.

Many immigrants said that family back in Mexico are anxiously waiting for election results, hoping that an Obama victory might reverse the economic downturn that has severe effects on remittances to Mexico and the Mexican economy.

"It's very important to Mexicans that Obama wins," said Benjamin Anaya, a former music professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico who is assisting Mexican journalists in Chicago covering the election. "People think he will stabilize everything, the economy, the immigration system. People are excited but scared because they know the Republicans are capable of a lot of fraud."

Many see the Latino turnout and excitement as reminiscent of the 1983 mayoral race in Chicago, when Harold Washington became the city's first black mayor thanks in part to significant Latino support.

"You definitely see parallels and you also wouldn't see one without the other," said Rudy Lozano Jr., 32, a precinct organizer for the Independent Political Organization (IPO) which formed to bring together blacks and Latinos during Washington's campaign. He is also the son of Rudy Lozano, a key ally of Washington's who was murdered in 1983.
"Without the election of Harold Washington we wouldn't have Barack Obama as a candidate," he said, saying Washington's campaign laid the groundwork to "bring out people who wouldn't normally be engaged in the electoral arena. It's giving all these anti-war groups, reproductive rights groups, social justice movements a venue to work through."

But not everyone was engaged. One older man in a sombrero selling churros outside a polling place was glad for a little extra business, but didn't know anything about the race and was more concerned with his chronic neck and stomach pain than the results.

Jose Guerrero, 70, a retired park district worker and artist, said he only voted for Obama to please his friends and wife. "The only way they are different is Obama looks better on T.V.," he said. "Even if Obama wins the jobs will still be gone, the immigration system will still be broken, the police will still be coming down on us."

By Washington Post editors  |  November 4, 2008; 4:31 PM ET
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Dear Legislators,

Mandate, AND STRICTLY ENFORCE, E-Verify for ALL employers, for ALL employees, and for ANY benefit, and the I.C.E. raids, as well as all of the expemsive new detention facilities, would not be needed.

The illegals would have to begin leaving of their own accord.

Think of the economic effect of giving the 8.7 million jobs, that the illegals have illegally obtained, using forged, or stolen documents, back to Americans.

Think of the economic effect of 65 billion more dollars being spent in our United States, rather than being remitted to Mexico, and South America.

Think of the money saved by decreasing I.C.E.'s effort.

Think of it, and then let's do it!!!

BOYCOTT ANY BUSINESS THAT HIRES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!

AND LET THEM KNOW ABOUT IT!!!

DURING HARD TIMES, WE CAN HAVE AN IMPACT!!!

Posted by: buzzm1 | November 4, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

ENFORCE OUR LAWS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!!!

THERE WILL BE NO AMNESTY!!!

OUR ACCEPTABLE IMMIGRATION REFORM

#1. Make Illegal Entry a Felony Permanently Barring Citizenship
#2. Secure Our Borders with our National Guard!!!
#3. Mandate E-Verify for ALL Employees!!!
#4. Cut Off ALL Public Assistance to Illegals and Their Children!!!
#5. Stop the Underground Economy!!!
#6. End Birthright Citizenship for Illegals!!!
......and make it retroactive!!!
#7. End Chain Migration!!!
#8. Make English our Official Language!!!
#9. Cut Off Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities!!

NOTHING MORE!!! NOTHING LESS!!!

Posted by: buzzm1 | November 4, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

STOP THE INVASION!!!

UNITED STATES BORDER APPREHENSIONS (Source DHS/CBP)
1987--1,190,488------1995--1,394,554------2003----931,557
1988--1,008,145------1996--1,649,986------2004--1,160,395
1989----954,243------1997--1,412,953------2005--1,189,075
1990--1,169,939------1998--1,555,776------2006--1,089,902
1991--1,197,875------1999--1,579,010------2007----876,704
1992--1,258,482------2000--1,676,438------2008----723,825
1993--1,327,259------2001--1,266,213------2009----(beginning 10/01)
1994--1,094,717------2002----955,310

FACT: In the last 22 years, over 26 million illegals, have been apprehended, after crossing the border, into our United States.

THE PROBLEM IS: Less than 1, out of 4 illegals, are estimated to have been apprehended.

Mind boggling, isn't it.

According to the U.S. Immigration Service another 6 million illegals in this country are visa overstays. That is, they got a visa legally in their home country, they came here to visit and then they never left.

In the last 22 years, there have been another 4 million anchor babies born to illegals. Anchor babies are now being born at a rate of 350-400 thousand per year in our United States. All at our expense!!

Then the ANCHOR BABIES qualify for welfare, food stamps, section-8 housing, all at our expense.

American Taxpayers are getting screwed, over, and over, and over, again!!!

Each illegal immigrant, on average, costs taxpayers $9,000 PER YEAR, over, and above, anything they might contribute in taxes!!!

Posted by: buzzm1 | November 4, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be nice if people would stay
in their own country?
What a shame that they have to enter
the U.S. by the millions.

It was so nice here before.

Posted by: DC50 | November 4, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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