Media Alert: Erie House to Welcome Congressmen Gutierrez and Ryan


April 19, 2013 | Chicago, IL


Bipartisan leadership brings hope to our communites

WHAT: Over 200 people from Illinois’s Latino faith, civic, business and community leading organizations will thank Congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) for their bipartisan leadership to build common sense solutions to our broken immigration system.

Congressmen Gutierrez and Ryan may come from different states, political parties, and points of view on many issues, but they are working together to make sure the House of Representatives moves forward towards reform to strengthen the American economy, and live up to our values as a nation of immigrants, and a nation that honors families.

As the demographic and economic landscapes have shifted, Erie Neighborhood House has served as a stalwart in the immigrant community. Beginning with the Ukrainian diaspora at the turn of the 20th century to today's vibrant Mexican community, Erie's commitment to service to the immigrant community has never wavered. Erie House will welcome both Congressmen as they champion hope for the immigrant community.

Erie Neighborhood House and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) are deeply committed to keeping families together and believe that the family is the sacred unit of our society. We work and advocate for immigration reform that unites families and creates a path to citizenship for the many unauthorized immigrants within our families and communities. The Congressmen’s bipartisan work will bring hope to our families, communities, and the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country that will no longer have to live in fear.

ICIRR, along with our national partner, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), will continue to organize and lift up the voices of families impacted by our unjust immigration laws until an inclusive bill is put forward.

WHO: Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Celena Roldan, Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House, Lawrence Benito, Executive Director of ICIRR.

WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Erie Neighborhood House, 1347 W. Erie Street, Chicago, IL



Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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