Caravan travels state to advocate for immigration reform


A caravan of immigration reform advocates made a pit stop in San Juan today.

The group is traveling across the state and visiting 16 cities to talk to residents and local officials about immigration reform.

The advocates hope to inform people on the affect immigration reform will have on the estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

Maria Luisa Lucatero was at an event held at La Union Del Pueblo Entero today.

Lucatero is currently taking English classes and holds down a job to support her family.

When immigration reform comes, and I know it TMs coming soon, I want to know English, Lucatero said.

She told Action 4 News that she lives in fear of deportation and hopes immigration reform will provide people like her a pathway to citizenship.

Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz both recently voted against immigration reform.

The opposition to immigration reform is one reason supporters have joined the caravan.

Supporters hope to persuade both senators to consider supporting reform that has a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Senaida Navar traveled from El Paso with the ~Texas4CIR TM caravan.

Navar said it is important that comprehensive immigration reform provides a pathway to citizenship.

DREAMers all over the country want to give back to this country, Navar said.

She is currently a student at University of Texas El Paso.

I came to this country when I was 2-years-old. I TMve grown up in Texas my whole life, Navar said.

She is expected to graduate in the fall, but she is worried she will not be able to find work after graduation because of her legal status.

Navar said the caravan road trip will connect undocumented immigrants of all backgrounds with citizens.

We want them to listen to us know us personally to know that we are people to, and we want to connect with them," Navar said.

The group will travel to Dallas, San Antonio and Waco along their route.

Their last stop will be Austin where they plan to meet with Sen. Cornyn.