As the Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chicago Chapter, Supervisory Attorney Kathleen M. Vannucci, traveled to Washington, DC as part of AILA’s National Day of Action. On April 7, 2016, 17 members of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association traveled to Washington D.C. and visited Congressional offices to make a case for a much-needed overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.
“As part of AILA’s National Day of Action, I advocated on Capitol Hill for necessary reforms to America’s outdated immigration system. We visited both House and Senate Offices to educate and inform Members of Congress and their staff about the costs of inaction for communities in Illinois and the Midwest region as a whole. I was glad to take part in this unique opportunity to advance concrete proposals that will bring our dysfunctional immigration system into the 21st Century,” said Kathleen Vannucci, the Chair of the AILA Chicago Advocacy committee.
During the National Day of Action, 17 AILA Chicago Members traveled to Washington DC and met with Representatives of the offices of 18 Illinois House Representatives and both U.S. Senators from Illinois. They heard from New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and other committed members of Congress about the urgency of immigration reform. They were able to ask specific questions to Senator Durbin during the constituent coffee.
Kathleen was armed with our clients’ stories and experiences and had the opportunity to educate Members of Congress and their staff about the problems plaguing our immigration system and why the country can’t wait.
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