The fight for immigration reform is on its way through the House, and OFA volunteers are at the forefront of efforts to get it passed. Yesterday, folks in Latino neighborhoods held community action events to ratchet up the pressure on their lawmakers.
OFA events received plenty of attention from local media:
Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, IA)
Volunteers rallied in front of Rep. Steve King's office to support comprehensive immigration reform and urge him not to stand in the way of the American Dream.
WHIO TV (Dayton, OH)
Leaders with the nonprofit Organizing for Action told those gathered that Speaker Boehner needs to make comprehensive immigration reform a priority.
“We need a pathway to citizenship and need other aspects in the Senate’s legislation. We do need border security, we need to streamline this ineffective immigration process we have now,” said Dominic Lijoi, coordinator for Organizing for Action.
Brittany Bramell, a spokeswoman for Boehner, said aides have forwarded constituents’ concerns about immigration reform to Speaker Boehner.
WCPO TV (Cincinnati, OH)
Dozens of [Organizing for Action] protesters rallied Monday outside House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) office in West Chester to push for immigration reform.
Members of the group said they want the House to pass immigration reform similar to the bi-partisan bill passed in the Senate. In a 68-32 vote, the Senate approved a 1,200-page bill to re-vamp immigration laws.
An OFA news release says the bill would strengthen border security, crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers while strengthening the economy.
"I know that they have to go through their process which is the democratic way. But we've already seen that we have an accord recently in the senate that was bipartisan," said Dominic Lijoi.
Lijoi says that he hopes Boehner will navigate through the House to the bill passed because it's the right thing to do.
The Fresno Bee (Fresno, CA)
This is what Olga Solorio has striven for to help her students. She is a volunteer with Organizing for Action—the group that organized Monday's news conference—and a teacher at Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School in Visalia.
Solorio said she told the mother of one of her second-grade students how bright the child was, and how the girl had the potential to some day go to college.
The child's mother said college isn't an option because she is not a citizen, and her daughter will grow up to work in the fields.
"That just broke my heart because I could see the potential in this little girl," Solorio said.
Solorio said that child was just one example of students who can't get financial aid or who face other barriers because of their residency status.
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