I’ve been working in immigrant and refugee services for a long time, first at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), then at LaCasa Norte, and most recently with the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I was laid off from La Casa Norte because of Bruce Rauner and then I was cut 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. 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 roadmap 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 our community.
Advocating for the immigrant and refugee community isn’t easy — we are trying to empower groups of people who are strong members of our community, but whose rights are being taken away. 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 the differences between a strong and a weak leader. Bruce Rauner is a weak, failed leader. JB is a strong, accomplished leader. I like to see change and I want a leader who is strong enough to make change happen. That’s JB.