As immigration reform faces an uncertain future, eight U.S. Congressmen were arrested on October 8th at the Capitol after a rally for immigration reform. The Congressmen were arrested alongside nearly 200 activists and religious leaders for blocking traffic in front of the Capitol.
The lawmakers arrested were Luis Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky, both from Illinois; John Lewis of Georgia, who is a an activist and co-founder of the civil rights movement of the 1960s; as well as New York Congressmen Charles Rangel and Joe Crowley; Raul Grijalva from Arizona; Keith Ellison from Minnesota, and Al Green from Texas.
The arrests happened after a day of rallying and a free concert featuring Lila Downs, and Los Tigres del Norte.
Univision: Immigration’s worst enemies
It’s clear that the budget crisis in Congress has affected the debate over immigration reform, but immigration reform is not dead, despite some lawmakers are doing what they can to prevent it from passing. Los Diarios, La Prenza (NY), and La Opinion (LA) put together a list of who they consider to be immigration reform’s worst enemies.
While some Congressmen have been fighting for immigration reform, others have made themselves enemies of reform. According to the list, immigration reform’s worst enemies are Steve King (R-Iowa), Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania), Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota).
The following outlet also reported on this subject: La Opinion
America’s Voice: Republicans are in a hole, and they’re still digging
In this week’s column Maribel Hastings talks about the hole that Republicans are in due to inaction on immigration reform in Congress. Last week, hundreds of rallies took place around the country with thousands of people demanding immigration reform. Right now Congress’ ratings are at their lowest point, and immigration reform provides a chance for both parties to demonstrate that they have the ability to get things done before the 2014 election.
You can find Maribel’s piece published in some of the most widely circulated Spanish-language newspapers and online publications around the country, such as, El Nuevo Herald (FL), Radio Bilingue, Univision, Huffpost Voces, LatinoCalifornia.com, La Opinión, El Diario-La Prensa (NY), La Raza (IL), El Mensajero (CA), La Prensa (FL), Rumbo (TX), Contacto Magazine, Hoy Dallas.