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Presentations, Rallies and Masses for Immigration Reform This Weekend

Chicago, IL (June 13, 2007)—The Dreams Across America Tour, a nationwide train journey to advance the cause for just and humane immigration reform in the United States, will be in Chicago this weekend. The tour, which counts among its supporters the Priests for Justice for Immigrants, a group of more than 130 Archdiocese of Chicago priests working on behalf of immigration reform legislation, will bring together 100 messengers, or Dreamers, from ten U.S. cities between June 13 and June 20 that will travel on four Amtrak trains recounting their stories of the American dream.

One train is traveling between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. with 50 of the Dreamers. This train is scheduled to arrive at Chicago’s Union Station this Saturday, June 16 where it will be met at 2:30 p.m. by a welcoming delegation of 50 Chicago-area participants, including representatives of the Priests for Justice for Immigrants and 15 Dreamers from Chicago. At 6 p.m., many in the group will attend a Welcome Dreamer Dinner at the Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago.

On Sunday, June 17, two events are scheduled for 11 a.m., a Mass and Celebration of Immigrant Journey at Holy Family Catholic Parish, 450 Keller Ave., Waukegan and a Keeping Our Families Together rally prior to the 11:30 a.m. liturgy at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish, 4640 N. Ashland, Chicago. Several of the Dreamers will also be at the 12:30 p.m. Spanish-language liturgy at Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Parish, 2323 N. Wilke Rd., Arlington Heights and at a 1 p.m. Interfaith Blessing and Community Event at St. Dominic Catholic Parish, 440 E. Briarcliff Rd., Bolingbrook.

At 3 p.m., all of the Dreamers will reconvene for a Mass at Old St. Patrick's Catholic Parish, 718 W. Adams St., Chicago. At 4:15 p.m. the group will process to Union Station where there will be a send-off rally and final blessing at 4:45 p.m. At 7:05 p.m. the group’s Amtrak train departs Chicago for Washington, D.C., while a bus with 50 Dream Students does the same.

The Dreams Across America Tour will conclude in Washington, D.C. with a series of events scheduled for June 18, 19 and 20 where hundreds of immigrant children and their families from across the country will be able to educate the public, dispel myths, give real facts and share personal stories about the need for just and humane immigration reform in this country. For more information, visit

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