For Immediate Release: July 25, 2013
What: Comprehensive immigration reform rally
When: Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m.
Where: Monroe Park (Belvidere and Main Streets, Richmond)
Richmond, Va.—On Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m., Virginia Organizing, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Virginia New Majority, and other groups are holding a rally at Monroe Park to call on House Majority Leader Congressman Eric Cantor to support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
The rally is one of many actions nationwide asking leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives to support comprehensive immigration reform that includes protections for families and a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S.
"At this rally, we expect to show Congress, especially House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, that the people of Virginia care deeply about comprehensive immigration reform," said Ladelle McWhorter, Vice-Chairperson of Virginia Organizing. "We believe in extending citizenship to the millions of immigrants working hard and contributing to the U.S. economy and to those young people who have grown up here without documentation. We want Congress to protect breadwinners from unscrupulous employers and work to keep families together.”
McWhorter believes we cannot delay immigration reform any longer. “Virginia Organizing insists that the U.S. House of Representatives consider a comprehensive immigration reform bill that resolves the problems of our broken immigration system. A path to citizenship is good for immigrant families, good for our economy, and consistent with our national values."
The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on June 27 that included a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The U.S. House of Representatives leadership has since said they will not take up the U.S. Senate bill, but will try to create their own bill. Bills that have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives have dealt with only individual pieces of immigration reform and do not address the problems of our broken immigration system.
Speakers will be available for interview at the rally. For more information, or to interview a spokesperson for this event, please contact Amanda Pohl at 804-337-1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.