CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 500 immigrants, mostly from Mexico, showed up for a citizenship workshop Saturday morning in the Little Village neighborhood.
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) hosted the event, and said the immigrants were responding to a political climate of hate from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Those who belittle us, and those that come with words of hatred and discrimination, we respond as people have always responded in America always to racism: by registering to vote, and going out, and making their voices heard in the political system,” Gutierrez said.
The line stretched down the block in front of the Instituto del Progresso Latino at 25th Street and Western Avenue. Immigrants paid $680 each to the federal government to start the process of becoming citizens.
“How many Congressmen do you know call a community meeting, ask people to show up so they can pay $680 to the government? Yes, we’re helping them fill out the applications, but they’re here to say ‘I’m ready to learn English, I’m ready to learn about the Constitution, and I’m ready to make a full commitment to this country. I think it’s a great day in American history,” Gutierrez asked.