Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Fight for Immigration Reform Continues: ‘National Day of Dignity and Respect’ Announced


Pro-immigration supporters recently announced that communities from all the United States will join in marches and rallies in over 60 cities across the nation to continue to build momentum for immigration reform and urge Congress to pass legislation this year.

On October 5th, these communities will mobilize for “The National Day of Dignity and Respect,” and despite other debates in Washington, pro-reform legislators will try to keep the momentum going for a decision on immigration reform.

“As members of our communities across every region in this country, we have to be diligent about passing immigration reform and raising public awareness about its importance,” said  Margaret Moran, National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Latino leaders active in immigration reform said they refuse to accept that events in Washington, like the debate over Syria or the fiscal cliff, should divert lawmakers from coming up with immigration legislation. Illinois Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of the bipartisan “Group of 7,” has publicly said that the votes in favor of immigration reform are there, adding that unlike other issues such as health care or the fiscal cliff, there is a bipartisan consensus on reform.

Congressman Gutierrez, along with leaders from key groups advocating for immigration reform, recapped the unprecedented activity from the August recess in which a broad coalition pressured members of Congress in their home districts to pass a comprehensive immigration reform. As Congress reconvenes in September, pro-reform supporters have pledged to continue to make waves across the country and maintain support for commonsense immigration reform.

“What we witnessed in August was the maturation of a movement for change – diverse, strong and broad – demanding an immigration system with a pathway to citizenship,” said Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

NBC Latino