Immigration reform rally held in San Juan
Sun, 30 Aug 2009 05:55:00 GMT —
On Saturday, about 100 people showed-up in San Juan to listen to the issue on Immigration Reform.
Dozens of civil right activists are campaigning for comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Organizations like La Union Del Pueblo Entero attended to have their voices heard.
Action 4 News spoke with State Representative Veronica Gonzales who was advocating for undocumented immigrants.
"We need laws that would work and give people the ability to come out of the shadows to be able to work without fear of being deported and to have some kind of legal status, Gonzales said.
Gonzales also mentioned that many immigrants are eager for an opportunity to prove they're able to succeed in the U.S.
"They're willing to learn English. They're willing to do what they need to do in order to become citizens of this wonderful United States of America. We just have to have something in place that will work, Gonzales added.
What has worked is the efforts of the Lupe Organization.
This organization has helped many immigrants learn how to read and write.
Earlier this month, these same organizers gathered in front of State Senator John Cornyn's office in Harlingen to picket and seek legislation for immigration rights. They hope this push will clearly express their call to President Barack Obama and several members of congress to start a serious Immigration Reform discussion this year.