This past Saturday Local 675 joined thousands of marchers in Hollywood for the National Day of Dignity and Respect. Thousands of people came to show their support for the movement and the rights of millions of undocumented immigrants to have a direct path to citizenship in the United States. Our local Secretary Treasurer Dave Campbell spoke and showed support at the march. The atmosphere was alive and energetic, you could feel the marchers passion for this reform and the desire for the bill to pass. On that day we sent a message to the Congress to pass the Immigration Reform and told Obama to stop deportations and separating families.
The Hollywood rally was one of several staged in California and nationwide Saturday. In Orange County there was an immigrant rights rally at the Irvine Spectrum. Other events were also planned for San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento in the state of California. And there were more than 160 cities nationwide who participated in the action. The community and the broad coalition is not only still hungry for immigration reform, the country not only still supports immigration reform by overwhelming majorities, but the country demands immigration reform that stops the deportations and keeps families together. Some activists have begun pushing President Obama to take executive action and end deportations, which numbered more than 400,000 in fiscal year 2012.
All of this was taking place in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown of California signing into law eight bills expanding protections for immigrants in the state, including for those without legal papers. One bill restricted the ability of local and state police to detain immigrants on the basis of holds issued by federal enforcement officials, if the immigrants had not been arrested on serious charges. “While Washington waffles on immigration, California is forging ahead,” Mr. Brown said. So let us hope that Congress will one day pass an immigration reform law and by passing a law it will help keep families together. In Solidarity