Reporting Bob Roberts
CHICAGO (CBS) – Hundreds of people marched Saturday from the near west side to Daley Plaza, where they staged a rally in support of the immigration bill that’s stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A central focus was families in which some are U.S. citizens, while the parents and sometimes some of the children are not.
Leslie Sandoval’s parents and one of two younger sisters are undocumented. She said she wants to continue her studies at Harold Washington College and remain in the only country she has known since she was six.
“All I want is to see my parents get equal treatment and not (be) looked down upon because they aren’t U.S. citizens,” she said.
Sandoval said U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), in particular, must stop “hiding” from the bill.
You didn’t have to be Hispanic to show sympathy. Allen Tsu is Korean by birth, and said, “We need to stop deportations. We need to provide pathways to citizenship.”
Several ministers and priests said they considered the potential and actual separation of families to be immoral. One was the Rev. Brendan Curran, pastor of St. Pius V Church, at 1919 S. Ashland Av., who the government divides more than 1,000 families a day.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said it is deplorable that the federal government is partially shut down, while deportations continue. He said he wants that reversed.