After being rebuffed in their first two attempts to meet in Winnebago County, the Illinois Minutemen will finally get their chance on May 6 at the Rockford Library auditorium.
"We're really happy that we can get things started in Rockford. We know that there are a lot of questions that Winnebago and Ogle County residents have about illegal immigration and it’s going to give us an opportunity to talk to them about how they can make a difference in the counties," says Rosanna Pulido of the Rockford chapter of the Illinois Minutemen Project.
Pulido says the protest was prompted by an outcry from the general public.
"People were vocal; they let the county know and they let the media know that they were very unhappy that illegal aliens could march in the street, but law-abiding citizens who just wanted to get together and have a Town Hall meeting and talk were turned away," Pulido says.
Pulido says the group chose the library after seeing the immigrants use it for a similar purpose.
"We figured that after the Mexican consulate used the library and we heard a spokesman say on the radio that they don't discriminate, that we would go and fill out the papers and it was accepted," Pulido says.
She adds the purpose of the meeting is to get people involved.
"Americans have to get up off their couches and take action, otherwise we're going to lose our country," Pulido says.
You can obtain tickets for the event by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to:
The Illinois Minutemen Project
P.O. Box 911
Skokie, IL 60076
There is a limit of four tickets per request per person.