Hundreds Demand Immigration Reform that Keeps Families Together

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2013
Contact: Molly Haigh, 907-750-1999,

500 Immigration Reform Advocates Support Immigration Reform Hearing with Prayers, Stories Outside Hearing

Hundreds Demand Immigration Reform that Keeps Families Together, Protects a Strong Pathway to Citizenship, and Puts People Before Corporate Profits

More than 500 advocates of immigration reform from 15 states gathered to support today’s immigration reform hearing in the US Senate Hart Building. Wearing shirts reading “Keep Families Together” and “Protect the Path,” they lined hallways leading to the hearing and even held a pray in next to the entrance of the hearing. Many testified to the pain of our current immigration system and the need for reform.   

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“We need an immigration bill that puts families first,” said George Goehl, Executive Director of National People’s Action, the group organizing today’s event. “This bill is a good start, but we will continue to push Congress to make it better by protecting workers, limiting imprisonment of people for profits, and protecting a fast pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented Americans.”
All 500 advocates were members of National People’s Action (NPA), a network of community organizations fighting for social and racial justice.
“My uncle and aunt both died waiting for our long and cumbersome family visa process. For more than 20 years my family has been separated from our family in the Philippines, and that is too long. We need a comprehensive immigration reform bill that is just, inclusive, and keeps families together,” said Kristina Tendilla, a speaker at the event from Chicago, IL.

 “No one is illegal in god’s beloved community, and we are all a part of god’s creation. We need immigration policies that affirm this,” said Rev. Marilyn Pagan-Barnes, another speaker at the rally from Chicago, IL.

NPA is advocating humane immigration reform that protects workers, keeps families together, puts people before prison profits, and provides a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented Americans.