Hernandez joins Quinn in initiative to help immigrants

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Hernandez joins Quinn in initiative to help immigrants

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Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled Phase III of his New Americans  project  to make   state services available more efficiently and  effectively to new immigrants to the State of Illinois to the praise  of  Hispanic   leaders,  including   State Rep. Lisa Hernandez.
Hernandez was one of the keynote speakers  at Our  Lady  of  Mt. Carmel  in Melrose Park  where Quinn announced the launch of the final phase of the program that makes state services available through one-shop stop locations to immigrants. She  praised Quinn’s efforts to support immigrants, citing  his  backing  of  the Dream  Act and  his adoption of legislation making  drivers licenses available to undocumented residents that will begin  later this year.

“There are  countless  stories  that I  know firsthand, but I want to focus on why this model works first because it is about the state in- vesting in its own infrastructure to serve im- migrants,” said Hernandez. “If the state does not invest in this area, we will not be prepared to serve immigrants and its growing numbers throughout the state.”

Hernandez noted GONA “offers over  100 services  under the same roof,  a  one-stop comprehensive service center.”
The  Illinois  Welcoming   Center  opened in Melrose  Park  at 1115 N. 23rd  Street in Melrose  Park  in July 2007. A second cen- ter was  opened in the summer of 2010 in North Riverside to also service Cicero, Berwyn,  Lyons  and  surrounding communities.
Three   more centers  are   planned,  Quinn said.  “We want to be  the most welcoming state in the union  when  it comes to new immigrants coming to our state. Our diversity is our strength,” Quinn said.

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