A group representing the Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project presented U.S. Rep. Mike Bost's office with a card asking him to "have a heart" on the issue of immigrants.
The group of four was led by Becca Tally. They included Ana Maria Hernandez, an SIU senior who was born in Chicago; Sana Haque, an international graduate student at SIU who has been in the U.S. for 19 years; and George Mendez, who was 17 when he immigrated here with his father who took a job at the University of Chicago.
Bost's longtime aide Carol Klaine said he was not in the office but promised to pass the oversize card, signed and decorated by local residents and some impacted students, to the congressman.
Hernandez noted that the uncertainty surrounding DACA students — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, referring to children who came to the U.S. with their parents without documentation — and others has created great unrest among impacted students she knows at SIU, who wonder whether they should try to stay in this country or leave.
— Stephanie Esters