200 Commit Civil Disobedience to Pressure House GOP for Vote on Reform
WASHINGTON DC –Three Michigan United members joined 200 immigrant rights leaders to demand a vote in the House of Representatives on immigration reform with a path to citizenship. The peaceful arrests took place outside the Capitol as thousands of demonstrators from the “Camino Americano/American Way” march cheered them on.
Wendy Medrano is a Michigan United member from Kalamazoo whose Salvadoran family was separated by the broken immigration system for 18 years. She took part in the civil disobedience today, saying: “No one else should have to suffer what my family has had to suffer, but every day, 1100 immigrant families are broken apart. We have the votes today to pass immigration reform. We can end this suffering for so many, but so far, House Republicans are refus ing to let us have a vote.”
Ms. Medrano was joined by fellow community leaders Larry Provancher and Brannigan Reaser from Kalamazoo.
Immigrant rights advocates have recently stepped up efforts to make Congress acknowledge and act on the results of the last election and countless polls. There is ample evidence that both the national will and the country’s economy favor a path to citizenship for immigrant families. A vote in the House of Representatives is the last hurdle. The coalition began a campaign of civil disobedience starting on, when 40 leaders were arrested in Washington DC. In September, 100 women leaders from the “We Belong Together” campaign were arrested.
Michigan United is a broad statewide coalition working to reform our broken immigration system, advance housing justice, protect the rights of low-wage workers and develop leadership.
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