More than 200 Texans participated in a 2.4 mile march on July 4 to protest the nation’s recent surge of anti-immigration legislation and voice their support of the DREAM Act, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Representatives of groups such as the League of Latin American Citizens, the Brown Berets of Texas and the Neighborhood First Alliance participated in the trek from Guadalupe Theater to Elmendorf Park in San Antonio, in the event dubbed “A Day Without Immigrants March.” The event was originally organized to protest state legislation that would have required local police to act as federal immigration agents. The newspaper reports both a House and Senate bill failed in a special session.
The participants, which included US citizens as well as some undocumented workers, reportedly shouted slogans such as “We are Americans!” and “We love America” during the march. State Representative Joaquin Castro, as well as U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett also participated in the event, where both discussed the importance of passing the DREAM Act.
“What we’re asking for is what America has done historically: to accept immigrants and what they do for us. As a nation, we have to be honest about the role they play in our country. We need to integrate folks who are here into our society,” Castro said.
Democrats in the US Senate reintroduced the DREAM Act legislation last month. The bill, which would put illegal immigrants who came to the US and their children on the path to citizenship after enrolling in college or the US military, has been supported by President Barack Obama.