Rallies for immigration reform were conducted across the nation last week, as a way to urge Congress to pass reform measures at a time when crisis such as Syria, the debt ceiling, and the government shut down has forced immigrants rights to be put on a back burner.
Over 6,000 people came together on October 10th, in downtown Chicago to protest the government’s inability to keep it’s promise of immigration reform that would lead to a path to citizenship.
The day after Congress approved a bill that reopened government and avoided default, Obama said sweeping immigration reform should be acted on before the end of the year.
“We should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system. There’s already a broad coalition across America that’s behind this effort of comprehensive immigration reform, from business leaders to faith leaders to law enforcement,” Obama said.
“In fact, the Senate has already passed a bill with strong bipartisan support that would make the biggest commitment to border security in our history, would modernize our legal immigration system, make sure everyone plays by the same rules, make sure that folks [who] came here illegally have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, meet their responsibilities,” he said.
Immigration reform is a pressing issue, effecting millions of people everyday, listen to my reporting done at the protest in the audio file above and check out the photo gallery.