Local immigration reform supporters head to Washington, D.C.

Will join thousands from across the country Wednesday for a rally at the U.S. Capitol

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by Mike Strehlow

Milwaukee--Dozens of local families are on their way to Washington, D.C. to take part in a massive immigration reform rally on Wednesday. 

"We want Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that's going to provide a path to citizenship for 11 million hardworking immigrants so that it's something that's simple, affordable and broad," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera.

Five buses carrying people f rom all eight of Wisconsin's congressional districts left Milwaukee Tuesday night for the U.S. Capitol.  

They will join undocumented immigrants, faith leaders, and community advocates from across the country Wednesday for the "Time is Now" rally for citizenship.

During the trip, the buses will serve as mobile phone banks as rally-goers contact voters urging them to call lawmakers such as Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, and Republican Senator Lindsay Graham.   Both are members of the senate's bipartisan, "Gang of Eight" that's close to releasing its much-anticipated immigration reform plan. 

Schumer told CBS's Face the Nation, "We don't want this bill to be, you know, 53 Democrats and just a handful of Republicans because we need broad bipartisan support, particularly to get a bill done in the House."

On "Meet the Press" earlier this week, Graham said, "If we give them a pathway to citizenship that's earned and hard and fair, get in the back of the line, pay taxes, learn the english language, then the Democratic party has to give us a guest worker program to help our economy. That's what we're arguing over."




 

 

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