Immigrant advocates rally in Springfield for state funding

March 3, 2011

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Immigrant advocates are protesting Arizona-style enforcement bills in more than a dozen states.

Hundreds of people from the Chicago area gathered at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday morning. The event was part of an annual day of lobbying in Springfield on behalf of immigrants. This year’s visit had some extra energy. For one, Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed state budget for the next fiscal year cuts immigrant and refugee services. For another, a west-suburban lawmaker is pushing an immigration-enforcement bill modeled after a tough new Arizona law.

WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell is following both developments and joined Eight Forty-Eight from the station's West Side bureau.