LOS ANGELES, Calif. Oct. 13, 2009 - Across the country, thousands of people united today to demand that Congress enact a broad and humane solution to fix the nation's broken immigration system. Families, spiritual leaders, and community members gathered to encourage members of Congress and the Obama administration to follow in Rep. Luis Gutierrez's (D-IL) footsteps and make family unity, workers' rights, and a commitment to workable solutions fundamental parts of their collective vision for comprehensive immigration reform.
"Immigrants are an integral part of the fabric of American society," said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. "For too long, the flawed and ineffective immigration system has kept them apart from loved ones and made it difficult for them to fully participate in the communities they live and work in."
"We stand with immigrant families and Americans who want to see real change to tell policymakers in Washington that we have waited long enough. We need swift action to create an immigration system that does not force a mother to wait years for her child to join her in this country."
Today, the National Immigration Law Center, a member of the Reform Immigration for America campaign, marched with hundreds of other Angelenos in support of family unity. Similar rallies were also held in Washington, DC, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, Seattle, San Jose, and Minneapolis, and other immigrant hubs across the country.
Hincapie added, "As the immigration capital of the world, Angelenos understand that ensuring the rights of immigrant workers will benefit the entire community. We at the National Immigration Law Center applaud Gutierrez's commitment to immigrant workers and their families, and we look forward to working with him and other members of Congress to reinforce this country's values of justice and fairness."
Since 1979, the National Immigration Law Center has been dedicated to promoting and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their family members.
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