Friday morning at the Values Voter Summit put on by the Family Research Council, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was repeatedly heckled by advocates pushing amnesty for illegal immigrants. One of those hecklers was found to be associated with Illinois' Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights.
CNS News reports:
Activists with the "Fair Immigration Reform Movement" (FIRM), a group advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants, were thrown out of Friday's session of the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, after they interrupted a speech by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Earlier this week, according to a press release on FIRM's website, the group participated in a rally on the National Mall "to demand the House Republican leadership pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship."
Hecklers who were escorted out of the Value Voters Summit after interrupting Cruz told MRCTV they had come to challenge Cruz on the same issue.
Weasel Zippers added that one of Ted Cruz's hecklers was DREAM Act supporter Salvador Cervantes who also works with the Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).
The Blaze reported two years ago that Cervantes helped the ICIRR establish a telephone hotline to assist illegals with deportation issues.
855-HELP-MY-F(amily), a 24-hour crisis line dedicated to illegal immigrants seeking information about deportation issues, was launched by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The ICIRR, a privately funded group, will offer legal aid and assistance over the phone to callers as far away as California, who have already heard of the hotline via word of mouth from its month-long test period. Dagmara Lopez of the ICIRR told the Chicago Tribune:
“We’ve had calls from New York, New Jersey, California mostly, North Carolina,’ she said. ‘One morning, we got about 50 calls within an hour.’”
During the test period 67 volunteers fielded 173 calls.
“In each case, a volunteer walked the caller through a checklist of questions before referring that person to attorneys, social service agencies or the Mexican Consulate of Chicago, said Salvador Cervantes, a senior organizer at ICIRR who helped develop the hotline.”