Logan Square Residents ‘Occupy Palm Sunday’ To Call For Immigration Reform

CHICAGO (CBS) — On this Palm Sunday, Christians in the Logan Square neighborhood called for improvements in housing, healthcare, hunger and immigration reform.

Members of four churches got together at the park where Kedzie, Logan and Milwaukee meet around 12:30 p.m. Sunday for an outdoor event that they called “Occupy Palm Sunday.”

Together, they sang, they prayed, and they ate sandwiches, pasta salad and cookies.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

Humboldt Park United Methodist Church pastor Ramon Nieves says he’s focusing on the number one issue of his parishioners – immigration reform. Nieves says he has seen far too many families be torn apart because of it.

Joe Scarry, with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, helped organize the event. He asked if it’s enough to stay inside our own churches and have faith be a private affair?

Scarry said he believes the occupy movements around the world have shown that it takes many voices to come together to share ideas.

Unlike some occupy events around the world, this rally remained peaceful.

  • G-Lep

    When these “occupiers” called for “immigration reform,” I assume they didn’t mean true immigration reform — which would involve SEALING OUR FREAKIN BORDER.

    • HFK

      Do you have any idea how expensive & ineffective that would be compared to simply making the process of legal immigration easier to accomplish? Like most prohibitions, banning immigration does not stop people from doing it, but it does create a lot of negative consequences. Wouldn’t it be better to have those immigrants registered, tax-paying citizens? They’re just human beings like you, & unless you’re full-blooded Navajo or something, you’re the descendent of immigrants who were discriminated against yourself.

      • G-Lep

        The portions of the completed “wall” have been demonstrated to work. We could have finished the damn thing — and fully “manned” it — ten times over with the money we blew in Iraq!! And, illegal aliens are NOT “human beings like me.” My immigrant great-grandparents came here LAWFULLY, learned English quickly, found employment and began payin’ taxes. Illegal aliens may be human beings, but they ain’t like me — not even CLOSE!!!

  • dziadz

    get it straight they are felons here illegally not immigrants!!!! immigrants came here through the front door LEGALLY

  • RWG

    I like how the individual who killed my son was an illegal and should have been deported but never was. If our Government and the City of Chicago would have acted like the law said, my son might still be alive.

    • HFK

      I’m sorry for you tragic loss. I think that immigration reform would actually do more good for people like you than the current system. The reason your son’s murderer was not deported is very likely to have been partially due to the overburdened workload incurred because so many people have come here illegally. While we cannot excuse cops who did not do their jobs, this makes their jobs very difficult to do. Most of those people are not criminals, they’re just ordinary people who want to survive, and like any group of people, most of them are good, a few are not. If the good people had been allowed to come here either temporarily or more permanently through a legal system, wherein they could be monitored & held accountable as other citizens are, it would be easier to catch the true criminals and deport them. All of this would not stop tragedies from occurring, of course, but it may prevent some.

  • HFK

    I don’t understand why you are running such a poorly written story. I can understand making mistakes on a tight deadline and all that, but this is really rather sub-par for a major news network.

  • Malcom

    how about just enforcing the current laws? or maybe if you want reform you do not hold the illegals for a hearing. They should be deported as soon as they are caught.

  • MARY

    if thy don’t lik the way things ar here ,thy should GO HOME

  • Raymond

    Hatred, Jealousy, Selfishness, Greed…What else ????
    O.K. Even if tomorrow all the Illegals are sent back home, what miracle is going to happen here? They will still work hard and feed their children and their dependents as they are doing here !!!
    They are still a huge contributor to our economy, they know ….no work no money…no money no food, because they dont live on government’s benefit.
    So, people say they are taking our jobs, but what jobs….these are day to day basis underwaged labor jobs which we will never dream to do.In fact millions of businesses will shut down when they leave, so where is the job now !!!
    Our present jobs will be in the horns of dilemma because of less business.
    We say they don’t pay tax but did they ever say we won’t pay tax, it is our fault that we haven’t taken any initiative .
    I’m sorry if I have offended anyone. Let us live in peace and give others an opportunity, so they may see a better future and make this country the strongest nation .

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