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Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

Far-left, strongly pro-illegal immigration group whose president sits on an advisory council to the Mexican government and which is closely linked in to Illinois politics.

In the Chicago area, they've conducted citizenship and voter registration drives and have been involved in pro-illegal immigration marches. They're also linked into leftwing blogs: this and this. They sued Arizona over an attempt to stop fraudulent wire transfers that were sent via Western Union. The ICIRR had received grants from that company and admitted that some of the information used in their suit came from that company, but they said it was a "completely independent action by the ICIRR".

Among the organizers of May 1 Chicago march and various other marches and events. Member of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. Appointed to the Illinois state New Americans Immigrant Policy Council by governor Rod Blagojevich in 2005.

Executive director is Josh Hoyt (aka Joshua Hoyt).

President is Juan Salgado, who spoke at Los Pinos (the Mexican White House) after the March 10 Chicago march. He's a member of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad advisory committee to Mexico's president. See also the Juan Salgado letter to Vicente Fox.

Involved in a smear against Illinois Republican senatorial and gubanatorial contender Jim Oberweis [1] [2].

Sued Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard in a class action that would redound to the benefit of Western Union and other companies that profit when illegal aliens send remittances home. ICIRR acknowledged that they had received grants from Western Union in the past.

Rights group sues Ariz. to stop wire-transfer seizures

Suit filed over wire transfers

ICIRR First Draft of Batavia September 1 march press release

Endorser of the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 from Barack Obama [4].

Involved in the Illinois Is Home program (Chicago immigration activists ready Washington push)

Last modified Feb 16, 2011
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ICIRR, Mexican consulate launch hotline for illegal aliens being deported (Catholic Church, Adler School, NIJC, Raymond Crossman) - 09/19/11

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has yet another link to the Mexican government: they and a series of other organizations are sponsoring a hotline that illegal aliens who are being deported can call (link). During a monthlong tinkering period, 67 volunteers fielded 173 calls, said Dagmara Lopez, who coordinates the phone network, created by the Illinois Coalition for...

DHS makes Secure Communities nationwide, no opt-out (so far). Lofgren, ACLU, NAKASEC, FIRM, CHIRLA, ICIRR, MIRA, Frank Sharry, NIF outraged. - 08/08/11

... over the eyes of the community. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (led by someone with a series of links to the Mexican government): DHS has yet to provide clear legal authority to support its claim that “Secure Communities” is federally mandated. ICIRR questions whether any such legal authority exists, and believes that the program is vulnerable to legal challenge....

Palatine Teaparty opposes Illinois DREAM Act (for completely wrong reasons) - 05/09/11

... also spend time discussing the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Their approach could use some work (and the question authority plan), but - unlike the teaparty group - theirs is fundamentally a mainstream, pro-American position. ----------- [1] The Illinois version of the DREAM Act is not the same as the national version; see the discussion of state versions at that link. The...

Illinois Business Immigration Coalition: Republican gov. Jim Edgar joins with Mexico-linked ICIRR - 04/09/10

... Republican - has joined with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - a group whose president is linked to the Mexican government - to form the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition [1] [2]. The links between the two groups are close: if you visit icirr.org/Business you'll be redirected to illinoisbic.biz/get_involved.html, and in the videos below you'll note the ICIRR...

RNC's Michael Steele supports amnesty at meeting with far-left, Mexico-linked groups - 04/01/10

... Hoyt), executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said Steele went through a list of possible Republicans in the Senate who might sign on to the effort, said he would try to recruit another sponsor and agreed with the activists on their goal of getting legislation introduced by April 30. But Hoyt said that midway through the meeting, an RNC staffer signaled to...

Michael Steele, extremist and Mexico-linked illegal immigration supporters to meet March 31 (after sit-in) - 03/30/10

... be there: * Josh Hoyt of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR's president serves on an advisory council to the Mexican government and clearly has divided loyalties; they're also linked into the Illinois power structure, such as by having been appointed to a state council by Rod Blagojevich)... * Xiomara Corpeno of CHIRLA, a group that has allegedly collaborated with the...

March for America: illegal immigration rally, March 21, 2010 Washington DC - 02/12/10

... the Mexican government-linked Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights [2] * the Border Action Network (link) * the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Justice for Immigrants" campaign (justiceforimmigrants.org/whats-new.html) * breakingbreadwithfamilies.org / changetakesfaith.org If anyone can find other questionable groups involved please leave a comment. 3/16/10 UPDATE: From this:...

Tides Foundation awards three advocates for illegal immigration; two links to the Mexican government - 09/01/09

... Arreola, political director for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Both he and the president of that organization serve on the board of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, an advisory council to Mexico's president. He's also helped organize illegal immigration marches. Current or former activist for the Service Employees International Union; the SEIU paid his base salary for...

Joshua Hoyt of ICIRR misleads about healthcare for illegal aliens (Mark Kirk) - 08/31/09

Josh Hoyt - director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights whose president is linked to the Mexican government - offers "Congressman Kirk's Immigrant Blind Spot May Cost Him Dearly" (huffingtonpost.com/joshua-hoyt/congressman-kirks-immigra_b_272713.html). He's very "concerned" (as in the type of troll) about Rep. Mark Kirk's stance on immigration-related matters....

"Reform Immigration For America": business, labor, CAP, NCLR, CHIRLA begin new push; summit, townhall meeting; John Quigley - 06/01/09

A new group called "Reform Immigration For America" recently launched in order to push for comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. They're a coalition of business, labor, and far-left/racial power groups; see their slick site here: reformimmigrationforamerica.org. A surprising variety of amnesty hacks this side of raving extremist (or thereabouts) is involved with their organization; see [...

Mexico-linked ICIRR claims citizenship, registration drive cost Waukegan mayor his job (maybe not) - 04/08/09

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - whose president sits on an advisory board to the Mexican government - is trying to claim (icirr.org/en/node/3698) that a citizenship and voter registration drive that was conducted in Waukegan, Illinois was the decisive factor in that city's mayor recently being voted out of office. That city is part of the 287g program, and they try to...

Joshua Hoyt challenges Rosanna Pulido petition signatures; now he supports our laws - 01/28/09

... Josh Hoyt from the Mexico-linked Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights now saying (link): "We are a nation of laws... and certainly our election processes should be a place where the rules are respected. If Ms. Pulido cannot follow our election laws and collect even 319 valid signatures then she should not be allowed to be on the ballot. We expect to conduct a vigorous petition...

"Latino Voting in the 2008 Election: Part of a Broader Electoral Movement" - 01/28/09

... Sharry's America's Voice, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and others and may have been designed to show what those groups wanted them to show. The IPC fact sheet also doesn't address general election trends. UPDATE 2: The CIS author responds to his critics here.

Rights Working Group wants immigration enforcement moratorium and much more (ACLU, NCLR, 248 others) - 01/09/09

The Asian American Justice Center runs the Rights Working Group, a coalition of over 250 leftwing groups, and they have a petition calling on Barack Obama to in effect not do immigration enforcement. They want a "moratorium" while the subject of raids and the like is "studied", but everyone knows what that means. Since there are so many groups, the full roster is here. The main groups are listed...

Mexico-linked ICIRR conducting voter drive in Chicago - 10/09/08

... Juan Salgado, president of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which is coordinating the effort. "We have an agenda that's about democracy and living the best ideals of what this country is about." [They say they got 25,000 registrations...] The next phase will also feature nearly 350,000 live and automated phone calls, 172,000 pieces of mail and intensive lobbying of...

Chicago City Council passes pro-illegal immigration resolution - 10/09/08

Back in June we offered Chicago Aldmn Cardenas, Flores introduce anti-"hate speech" resolution; Mexico-linked ICIRR cheers. The usual suspects are back: Chicago lawmakers added their [unanimous] voices Wednesday to the call for a moratorium on raids and deportations, an action they hope will lead to comprehensive immigration reform. ..."Immigrants are being uprooted, they are being persecuted.

Nicole Gaouette/LAT: leftwing groups on the "lookout for immigration raids" - 09/14/08

... Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. She could, for instance, point out that their president is linked to the Mexican government, and she could look into their links to local officials, their lawsuit which would have supported Western Union, and so on. Others quoted: * Julien Ross, director of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition * Bill Chandler...

Immigration march organizers have foreign links - 08/15/08

... Movement, Jorge Mujica, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights were also involved in organizing that march. The president of the latter organization is Juan Salgado; see the Juan Salgado letter to Vicente Fox. Scheduled speakers included U.S. Senator Barack Obama; U.S. Representatives Rahm Emanuel, Luis Gutierrez, and Jan Schakowsky; and Illinois state Senators Miguel del...

DailyKos' Netroots Nation has Mexican government-linked group - 07/15/08

... Matters * Jackie Mahendra of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights The last group is headed by someone linked to the Mexican government. What's a Kos convention without a little collaboration? On a general note, they also have "identity" caucusi (netrootsnation.org/agenda-2008?topic=identity), including those for African Americans, Asian American Pacific Islanders, Latinos, and...

Chicago Aldmn Cardenas, Flores introduce anti-"hate speech" resolution; Mexico-linked ICIRR cheers - 06/25/08

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is linked to the Mexican government, and they have some involvement in a resolution introduced today by two Chicago aldermen (George Cardenas and Manny Flores) condemning "hate speech" (i.e, the facts) supposedly directed at "immigrants" (i.e., illegal aliens) [1]. The resolution also comes out in favor of legalizations of illegal aliens.

Agriprocessors meat packing raid, Postville, Iowa (kosher, UFCW) - 05/12/08

... "partners" the Mexico-linked Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights as well as the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition "have come together to provide support and technical assistance to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and other allies on the ground". If you too would like to engage in false compassion and help...

Felipe Calderon to meet with IME advisory board in Dallas (+Alfredo Corchado's pro-Mexico spin) - 04/21/08

On Tuesday, Felipe Calderon will be attending a meeting of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad/Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior advisory board to the Mexican government (www.ime.gob.mx). The board has about 125 members, some of whom are U.S. citizens, all of whom have divided loyalties, and some or most of whom have some influence on U.S. politics. One member is even an Illinois state...

Did someone try (and fail) to setup Lou Dobbs? (ICIRR, Citizen Orange) - 03/19/08

Back on November 28, 2007 Lou Dobbs spoke at the Barnes & Noble in Chicago, and one of the audience members interrupted his speech with what could have been a semi-deranged outburst. Or, it could have been a braindead attempt by an illegal immigration supporter to provoke Dobbs, thinking he - or the audience - would say something noteworthy. If it was the latter, the provocateur failed.

Henry Fernandez lies about Jim Oberweis to support illegal immigration (libel?) - 03/10/08

... them on the campaign trail. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Chicago Workers Collaborative uncovered Oberweis’ hypocrisy. According to Joshua Hoyt, head of ICIRR... (Bolding and link added). The family-owned Oberweis Dairy recently sued the DCCC over a similar charge, but that case seems much weaker. In that paragraph, Fernandez is explicilty claiming that...

Bill Foster beats Jim Oberweis for Hastert seat (smear by Mexico-linked ICIRR helped) - 03/09/08

Democrat Bill Foster beat Republican Jim Oberweis 53% to 47% in a special election for Dennis Hastert's former House seat in Illinois (link). Foster will only serve until the end of the year; a new election will take place in November for the full term.

United Nations "Committee on the Elimination of Racism" chides U.S. over treatment of immigrants - 02/24/08

... Mexico-linked Juan Salgado of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Obviously, the OHCHR is far-left, and considered only the input of far-left groups without seeking input from, for instance, crime victims of illegal aliens. And, without realizing that enforcing our immigration laws would end many of the abuses they pretend to be concerned about. Related: Jorge...

Mark Pera: help from Mexico-linked ICIRR, money from immigration lawyers (Illinois) - 01/30/08

... learn that the Mexico-linked Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has been working on his behalf. That group's president, Juan Salgado, has a few links to the Mexican government. 2. From this: ...Carlos Heredia of the Latino Organization of the Southwest criticized him for being a no-show at two neighborhood meetings called to discuss comprehensive immigration reform... the...

Flor Crisostomo: the new Elvira Arellano (sanctuary at Adalberto United Methodist Church) - 01/27/08

... been the one organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which is headed by someone linked to the Mexican government. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) offered a private relief bill for her, Arellano, and several others (H.R. 2182, link). She was part of the May 1, 2007 pro-illegal immigration march and was part of the Centro Sin Fronteras delegation that joined with the March 10...

Western Union store owner indicted on money laundering (human smuggling) - 01/23/08

From this: A Scottsdale man who ran four Western Union stores in Phoenix and Mesa was indicted Tuesday on 80 counts of money laundering and other crimes that are suspected of financing human smugglers and drug dealers [in a] ...four-year-old, $56.8 million money-laundering scheme...

Felipe Calderon explicitly wants Mexican consuls to meddle in U.S. immigration debate (non-profits) - 12/07/07

... MSM. Another group is the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, whose president serves on an advisory council to the Mexican president. That group helped organize some of last year's illegal immigration marches, and is in turn linked not just to Rod Blagojevich but also to the Blue America PAC (run by some bloggers). Another frequent quote source, the National Association of...

NYT almost follows the money on Western Union (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ken Salazar) - 11/24/07

... group [perhaps the Mexico-linked Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; see this] used some Western Union money to bring busloads of immigrants to Capitol Hill. When a bipartisan Senate bill emerged last spring, company officials flew to Washington to lobby directly, urging Senator Ken Salazar, a Colorado Democrat, to support the measure. He did, though it ultimately failed. "...

Nutroots: Blue America PAC joins with Mexico-linked group to support illegal immigration (anti-Rahm Emanuel) - 11/14/07

... Blue America is joining with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a group whose president is linked to the Mexican government. I've left a total of three comments (one on FDL, two on DWT) pointing that link out, so clearly the fact that those bloggers are now in turn indirectly linked to the Mexican government isn't considered that big of an issue. I suggest pointing out...

Howie Klein/FireDogLake promotes Josh Hoyt/ICIRR - 11/10/07

... executive director of the ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights) to discuss matters with their visitors [1]. That group is a virulent supporter of illegal immigration, and they and their president Juan Salgado helped organize the major Chicago illegal immigration marches last year. Salgado also serves on an advisory committee to Mexico's president, and wrote this letter to...

March 10 Committee - 10/30/07

Also known as the March 10 Movement, March 10 Coalition, Diez de Marzo Committee. Home page at movimiento10demarzo.org At their site, they declare their unconditional support for Elvira Arellano as well as all other "immigrants" who are in the process of being deported. They also call on all those immigrants who are being deported to apply for asylum and to seek asylum in local churches. They...

First Data Immigration Reform panel - 10/03/07

... Juan Salgado, President of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Executive Director of the Instituto del Progreso Latino. Lisa Duran, director of Rights for All People, Denver. Robert de Posada, Executive Director, The Latino Coalition. Raul Hinojosa, Director of Research, North American Integration and Development Center, University of California in Los Angeles....

The Flake-Gutierrez STRIVE Act amnesty returns... - 09/06/07

... Josh Hoyt/Executive Director/Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights CAP was the author of the extraordinarily idiotic study purporting to show how much it would cost to deport all illegal aliens. However, the most galling one on the list is the ICIRR. Their president is Juan Salgado, someone who serves on an advisory council to the Mexican government, who visited Los Pinos (the...

Esther J. Cepeda: towns enforcing immigration laws could lead to "neighborhood lynchings" - 07/05/07

The column here ("Beginning of the end?/Towns across America are taking illegal immigration control into their own hands a

Progressives: urge Clinton, Obama, Richardson, Edwards to support Elvira Arellano's "campaign of resistance" - 07/02/07

... Centro Sin Fronteras and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights [press release link] also announced this morning they were prepared to take "economic actions" against corporations that support anti immigrant legislators and programming. Also, a massive concentration of families and children is scheduled for July 17 in Washington D.C. to "confront the leaders of both parties...