A coalition of grassroots immigrants’ rights organization with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement came to Washington, DC today to hold a “people’s hearing” in favor of immigration reform and family unity. The participants were mostly members of the Keeping Families Together Bus Tour, which launched last month and sent busfuls of immigrants and their families to key House districts all over the country. During the tour, more than 400 stories were collected.
FIRM and its member groups had an action-packed day, first rallying for immigration reform at the Republican National Committee building, then holding a people’s hearing (with Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Zoe Lofgren, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Juan Vargas), then visiting Senate offices to make the case for immigration legislation that creates a path to citizenship.
Families raising their hands in prayer while rallying for immigration reform at the RNC building:
Families telling their stories at the RNC: “Jennifer Martinez, mother of 4, talks about her husband’s deportation: ‘There’s no justice in this.'”
For trying to find a better job, Jesus Guevara will be deported this May:
Immigrant families occupying the lobby of the RNC:
Singing “Happy Birthday” to Reince Preibus, chairman of the RNC:
Families marching for immigration reform on the Hill:
At the “people’s hearing” in the Senate:
@ Senate hearing- “One of my greatest sorrows is not being able to see my daughters for a decade and a half”
@RepJudyChu – “We have to make family unity a priority for any immigration package” @RepMikeHonda – “It’s time for this country to embrace, not tolerate but embrace, the LGBTQ community.”
Representatives present, including Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Judy Chu (D-CA):
Immigrant families advocating for immigration reform at Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) office: