March for America

22.03.2010 - Washington - Pía Figueroa

According to www.change.org and the National Immigration Forum, this event was one of the largest gatherings of immigrant rights supporters in United States history and has received the name of *the March for America*, tempting to place at the heart of the debate whether the US continue to provide others with the opportunity to attain the American Dream; the Dream of opportunity and freedom that has motivated generations of immigrants throughout history to start a new life in America.

In advance of the march this sunday, President Obama pledged to do everything in his power to forge a bipartisan consensus on immigration reform this year. But reform can’t come too soon.

Each day without immigration reform, families are torn apart by broken laws. Each day without reform, immigrants are detained and thrown into a system that fails to protect their due process rights. Each day without reform, greedy companies and employers exploit those struggling for work. And each day without reform, scores of U.S. citizens cannot help the partners they love become legal residents.

The March for America was a reminder of the collective heritage of a nation of immigrants. That vision of America has been lost to bigotry and narrow, short-term self-interest. But this March is giving the chance to return to these historic roots, claiming for a reform that can ensure that all immigrants have the same opportunities and freedoms that America has given to the generations of past immigrants.

The fight for immigration reform will not be easy. But fighting for social justice never is, and it’s why the reform movement is getting organized and claiming for support.

For more information: www.change.org/actions/view/keep_the_american_dream_alive_for_all_immigrants

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