Campaign pushes for immigration reform


WALLA WALLA — Charter buses from Oregon and Washington rolled into town this weekend as part of a nationwide movement on immigration reform.

Close to 150 people, most of them Latinos, rallied at Jefferson Park at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, as part of the Keep Families Together Bus Tour Campaign.

The campaign was sponsored, in part, by OneAmerica and involved approximately 18 buses that toured cities in 19 states.

In Washington, the campaign started Tuesday in Vancouver and continued to Seattle, Wenatchee, Yakima, Tri-Cities and ended Saturday in Walla Walla.

The rally included speakers who shared their immigration experiences and group leaders who encouraged supporters to chant for immigration reform.

“Qué queremos?” (What do we want?)

“Una reforma migratoria.” (Immigration reform)

“Cuándo la queremos?” (When do we want it?)

“Ahora.” (Now.)

Oregon tour organizer Amanda Aguilar Shank said there are several goals to the project, but key among them is the development of immigration reform that would allow at least half the estimated 11 million undocumented Latino workers currently residing in the United States to apply for citizenship.

“Every stop we have had along the way there are people joining us,” Aguilar Shank said, describing how people have gotten on the bus to ride one leg of the trip.

The Oregon bus tour also included stops in Idaho, where in Nampa 350 people attended and another 250 in Burley, Aguilar Shank said.

After the bus tour has ended, some participants from the tour will head to Washington D.C. to lobby congressional leaders to implement immigration reform.



Iopine says...

The campaign might get a jump ahead if they utilize the English language and there always has been a path for citizenship for legal immigrants.

Posted 10 March 2013, 4:23 p.m. Suggest removal

gayleshoun says...

Both our Grandfathers came to this great Country across the Ocean on steam sailing ships....thinking ahead. One from Germany at age 9 with a Mother and six Sisters to follow her husband a year later after he proved up a land claim in Walla Walla County, and one similar from Russia with his Mother to join the father a year later with a job for Skilled Carpentry. Neither had to just cross a border illegally, buy forged documents from thieves willing to do so, and then tap into the so- called "System". Do it right. Do it the first time. Work hard. Do it well. Be honest. If this is the Country you want, do it honestly. If you want to live here why does it take 18 buses from out of your State to make your point? You are skilled, we like you, you are needed. Just do it right.

Posted 10 March 2013, 10:23 p.m. Suggest removal

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