illinois coalition for immigrant and refugee rights
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.
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.
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]]
Involved in the Illinois Is Home program (Chicago immigration activists ready Washington push)