Sunday, July 21, 2024

iMarch: The Largest Virtual March in Support of Immigration Reform


A bipartisan group of voices in Washington D.C joined forces on Wednesday to kick-off The March for Innovation –or iMarch campaign – an online forum designed to push Congress towards a comprehensive immigration reform via social media.

The creators of iMarch, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch, along with other politicians, CEOs and citizens took to Twitter, Facebook, and other means to launch the campaign. Only a few hours after the virtual march was launched, nearly 12,000 actions had been taken on Facebook and Twitter.

“RT if you agree: ‘This is not just a debate about policy—it’s about people.’ #iMarch #ImmigrationNation,,” the White House tweeted, quoting a previous statement by President Barack Obama. Bloomberg retweeted in agreement.

Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist who came out as undocumented in a New York Times article, and AOL co-founder Steve Case, who has testified in front of Congress as well as Steve Jobs’ widow, were among the many participants of the iMarch campaign hoping to use the power of social media to gain support.

According to NBC Latino, immigration reform has seen a largely bipartisan push as the Gang of 8 senators has crafted legislation that was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and now heads to a vote from the full Senate.