Article: Members of Reading-based Latino advocacy group call on Congress to move on immigration policy
Wednesday September 27, 2017
About 70 members and allies of the Reading-based Latino advocacy group Make The Road Pennsylvania traveled to the nation's capital Tuesday to call on members of Congress to move on immigration policy.
Organizers said that the group of protesters conducted sit-ins in every office of Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania, and other lawmakers' offices, demanding that they support legislation that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought into the county as young children.
:Adanjesus Marin, executive director of Make The Road, said that his group did not get to speak with legislators directly but conveyed their message to staffers and over social media.
"We demand a clean 2017 Dream Act," Marin said, referring to legislation U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced in June. "And beyond that, we have not authorized anyone to bargain away the rights of our families."
Graham's bill remains in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that in six months he will end then President Barack Obama's 2012 administrative directive that granted certain young undocumented immigrants a reprieve from deportation.
The program was known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and those who qualified are commonly known as Dreamers.
Trump said that his administration will phase out the program in March 2018, and urged federal lawmakers to pass a law protecting those who were brought to the United States without citizenship as young children.
Members of Reading-based Latino advocacy group call on Congress to move on immigration policy