DECATUR - Starting this Friday, October 4th, dozens of people from across Illinois will march 30 miles from Decatur, IL to Taylorsville, IL to urge Rep. Rodney Davis to support comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the U.S. Congress. The group, organized by Illinois' People's Action, plan to hold rallies outside Davis' Decatur and Taylorville offices.
An expected 20 participants are expected, expecting undocumented immigrant leaders from Bloomington and Decatur, Dr. Carolyn Nadeau, a professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, Rosa Mendoza and her two daughters marching in honor of their deported son/ brother, and numerous clergy from different faiths. The event is also supported by national racial justice group National People's Action.
A press conference is planned for Bloomington at 8:30am, Oct. 4 - 603 W Jackson St., followed by a rally at 11:00 am in Decatur at 243 S. Water St. and the final rally in Taylorville at 1:00 PM at 108 E. Market St.
Nationally, immigrant rights organizations are escalating pressure on members of Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill by holding more than 100 events on Oct. 5 as part of the “Day of Dignity and Respect” for all immigrant families.