More than 1500 people from the Latino community took part in the 12th annual Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Friday.
The gathering comes just a day after President Obama orders executive actions surrounding immigration reform.
The President’s executive order will allow for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows and register with the government in exchange for an amnesty on deportation.
“The fact that he did this … It gives hope. It gives inspiration,” said State Rep Elizabeth Hernandez.”Now we’re going to move ahead. It’s a small step. There’s lot of work still to do.”
Elena Lara who was attending the caucus agreed saying, “It is a very good beginning and we should applaud that, but there’s still a lot more to go and we should keep that momentum going.”
Even guest politicians like Republican governor-elect Bruce Rauner devoted a good portion of their time addressing the president’s move.
“I want the American Dream for every family in Illinois and I am a strong advocate for comprehensive immigration reform,” Rauner said. “It’s a great start … to get the dialogue going.”
Rauner promised to help make immigration reform a reality.
“Our Republican members who I am very close with, I will be encouraging them to take up comprehensive immigration reform in congress in coordination with the President,” he said. “Because that’s the way the real changes, the permanent structural changes, will be made.”