Laura Garcia

Laura Garcia

I’ve been working in immigrant and refugee services for a long time, first at ICIRR, then at Casa Norte, and most recently in the Federal Refugee Office at the US Department of Health and Human Services. I was laid off from Casa Norte because of Bruce Rauner and then I was laid off from the Federal Refugee Office because of Donald Trump

I started out my career in DC, but I came back to Chicago because this is my home. Up until a few years ago, we in the immigrant advocacy community had a big, strong network. We learned how to work together and respect each other to be sure immigrant and refugee families had the services they need. And then came Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump. In just a few years, Bruce Rauner hacked through the system and decimated the programs we had worked so hard to build. Donald Trump has done the same. They cut the programs off at the knees, eliminating everything. Rauner provided a road map for decimating these programs by starving them out of business and refusing to fund them.  Trump picked up that road map on the national level and is doing the same to immigrant and refugee populations across the country. It’s horrible what they’re doing to people.

Advocating for the immigrant and refugee community isn’t easy- we are trying to empower groups of people who have very few rights, and who can’t make their voices heard in elections because they can’t even vote. I support JB because he will reverse the damage Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump have done to Illinois. I’ve worked in the public sector for a number of years and I know how to spot a strong versus a weak leader. Bruce Rauner is a weak, failed leader. JB is a strong leader. I get really frustrated when politicians just talk. I believe JB will make change happen. I like to see change and I want a leader who is strong enough to make change happen. That’s JB.

Maynard "JR" Hudson

Maynard "JR" Hudson

Grace Macedo

Grace Macedo