The best description I’ve heard of why May 1st plays such a significant role in the immigrant rights movement comes from Angelica Salas, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
Salas said May 1st is “the day the invisible become visible.” The invisible being the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country.
From Birmingham to Los Angeles, Milwaukee to Las Vegas, Chicago to New York, these large-scale events in every corner of the country will create a splash of media attention, raising the voices of the people and bringing these important issues to the forefront of national discourse.
Likewise, earlier this month when an estimated 100,000 people showed up at the Capitol to rally for immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, we were reminded of the power of the people and the palpable public support for immigration reform, amplified by widespread coverage from major news outlets.
Less noticeable, however, are many of the events that take place each day on a local level to effect change. Though they may not get national media attention, organizations around the country coordinate actions at the offices of their local and state representatives, phone calls and letters to Congressmen, vigils, sit-ins, petitions and more. Every smaller effort is a part of the larger movement, and it is by building upon the momentum of these local actions that make nationwide events like today’s rallies and marches possible.
For a list of today’s May Day events happening around the country, click here.
Tens of thousands of immigrants, supporters and faith and community leaders will gather on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn on Wednesday, April 10th to demand comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.
As the citizenship-now.org website states, the purpose of the event is to “educate, march, rally, pray and knock on the doors of Congress until President Obama signs common sense immigration reform that includes a realistic path to citizenship.”
According to a recent poll, 80% of Americans today support immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. They understand that our current immigration laws are no longer working, and tearing apart families through deportation is not the way to deal with the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country.
Join us in telling Congress that the time is now to fix our broken immigration system! Click here to register for the April 10th rally!
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This year has been a huge one for DREAMers who earlier this year were granted deferred action status. But the fight for DREAMers is not over. Although they now have the ability to stay in the U.S. without fear, their parents and other family members do not live with same sense of security. Keeping families together is why immigration reform leaders are meeting in D.C.
Immigrant families have contributed to our economy and are an integral piece in the framework of our American society. A coalition of grassroots organizations and The Campaign for Community Change are organizing to launch the, Keeping Families Together campaign tour. The tour will stop in New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., among others. Family stories will be told at campaign rallies, vigils, community dinners, and will be recorded and shared with policymakers.
Our families want citizenship, which is a real solution that upholds our nation’s values, and moves us forward together. Our current immigration system is badly broken. What people don’t understand is that there is literally no way for some undocumented immigrants to become legal, including people who were here as young children. And unscrupulous employers can prey on workers and pay low wages. A path to citizenship will give immigrants an opportunity to become legal, pay taxes, and participate fully in American society.
So DREAMers and their families will continue to work toward comprehensive immigration reform, and the Keeping Families Together summit will help us achieve it.
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