American Immigration Lawyers Association
Chicago Chapter

Action Alert — January 18, 2017

Happy Advocacy Wednesday!

1.      Thank You Tweets to Rep. Gutierrez and Senator Durbin


This past Saturday undocumented immigrants and their advocates made quite a showing in D.C. ,and across the United States, to rally against President elect Trump’s immigration policies.  Rep. Luis Gutiérrez told a crowd of supporters  in D.C., “We’re building a bridge, 750,000 young people walk across that bridge…They will lead the way to reform that helps all 11 million undocumented immigrants.  “I hear them, you hear them,” he said, “and we’re going to make sure that Donald Trump hears them.”  


Let’s make sure the Senators and Representatives from Illinois hear our continued support and gratitude for their efforts to extend DACA protections and to continue to push for immigrant’s rights.  Today, we are asking that you give Congressman Gutierrez and Senator Durbin a little positive reinforcement for their recent work on the Bridge Act.  We need to keep up the momentum on this very important issue!


Sample Tweet:  @SenatorDurbin @RepGutierrez thanks for your continued support for #DACA and the introduction of the #BridgeAct #HeretoStay #SaveDACA


2.      SAVE THE DATE:  National Day of Action 2017 in DC


If all this talk about immigration after the election has gotten you fired up, we would love it if you joined us this year in DC for the National Day of Action!


AILA’s 2017 National Day of Action has been set for Thursday, April 6, 2017, and registration is now open in Agora.  You can register very easily here:  []


With the new administration getting ready to take over, immigration is sure to be one of the hot topics on Capitol Hill this spring.  Let’s make sure the facts don’t get lost in all the political noise.  This is where we need YOU!  Please join us on Thursday, April 6th, as hundreds of AILA members from around the country will descend on Washington D.C. to educate Congress on immigration for National Day of Action.  Last year our Chapter sent 19 people and participated in 17 congressional visits.  We are hoping to match that this year!  If you have never been before, consider taking part in this unforgettable experience.


Armed with lobbying training from AILA National staff and your clients’ stories you will educate and influence Members of Congress and their staff to move away from the rhetoric and push immigration reform forward this year. 


Registration is now open and it is best to get signed up as soon as possible! 


Please email the Chicago Chapter Advocacy Committee chairs, Katie ( and Kelli ( once you have registered with AILA National or if you have any questions.