Gamaliel Affiliate Heads City Tour to Pass Immigration Reform

 Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local NewsThe Minnesota-based civil rights group, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Assembly for Civil Rights), ADDC, an affiliate of Gamaliel, a grassroots network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in 17 U.S. states, went on a four-day bus tour to urge the House Judiciary Committee to pass immigration reform. Forty activists launched an 11-city, four-day bus tour through Midwest “battleground states” prodding key members of Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform.

The tour made three stops in Ohio, two stops in Minnesota and Missouri, and one stop in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. “We celebrated the one year anniversary of the executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),” said Pablo Tapia, co-founder of ADDC. “Gamaliel affiliates across the country made congressional visits to deliver half birthday cakes to members of congress. Half cakes because the work is half done. DACA is beneficial for many, but it is not a permanent and stable solution and it leaves millions of people out. We’re going to keep fighting. The House must act NOW to provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented folks living in this country.” Ana Garcia-Ashley, executive director of Gamaliel said, “We need an immigration reform now. The family is the basic unit of our society, but our broken immigration system divides families and keeps loved ones apart for years and even decades.”

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