Activists Rally for Immigration Reform
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Immigrant rights organizations are joining faith-based groups on Wednesday across the U.S. to call for a “National Day of Action.”
Organizers are using marches, prayer vigils and meetings to ask congress to reform an immigration system that they say is broken.
There is optimism over an immigration reform bill circulating right now in the U.S. Senate.
Negotiators say the biggest obstacle currently is how many visas to issue to foreign farmworkers, and how much to pay them.
That’s a crucial issue in California, where the state’s vast agricultural industry employs more labor than any other state.
A local rally took place outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office in West L.A.
Activists outside the senator’s office said they are concerned Feinstein will eliminate a current law allowing U.S. citizens to bring their siblings to California to be legalized.
“She’s proposing that we get rid of things in immigration law that help people keep families together,” said Vamos Unidos USA President Jaun Jose Gutierrez.
Feinstien’s office issued a statement in response to the demonstration proclaiming her support for comprehensive immigration reform.