Today, hundreds of activists in Chicago, Illinois and Bakersfield, California stepped up their tactics to pressure Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
In Chicago, more than 500 people from faith, labor, elected officials and community organizations, including many undocumented families, joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) for a rally in front of the Chicago office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hundreds also engaged in civil disobedience by blocking Congress Parkway to bring attention to the nearly 2 million deportations carried out by the Obama Administration.
Meanwhile, in Bakersfield, California, the home of GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, women and families with We Belong Together came from all over California to demand that Rep. McCarthy take immediate action to bring real immigration reform up for a House vote. More than 100 people took place in the protest, which kicks off three days of women-led coordinated actions in key Republican House member districts across the country.
View some of the photos from today, below: