Immigrants Rally For Reform

Brent Finnegan -- March 22nd, 2010

photo by mar is sea YAlthough healthcare reform is dominating the lion’s share of headlines out of Capitol Hill, there was a large immigration reform rally on the mall in DC Sunday.

Approximately 150 local Latino immigrants gathered on Wolfe Street Sunday morning, and loaded into buses chartered by Reform Immigration for America, to take the demonstrators to the March for America.

The group from Harrisonburg joined tens (or hundreds) of thousands of others from across the country in Washington DC.

I spoke with participants Josh Diamond and Ana Jimenez as the buses were boarding.

Among other goals, the immigrants are rallying to hold Obama to account for his campaign promises to deliver “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Obama benefited in 2008 from a huge turnout of Hispanics, drawn by his promise to deliver immigration reform allowing millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

But that has been slowed by Obama’s yearlong push for healthcare reform, efforts to revive the slumping economy and resistance in Congress after an immigration overhaul was torpedoed in 2007 under Republican President George W. Bush. (Washington Post)

Photo via Flickr, by mar is sea Y.

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