Tens of thousands of people across the nation are taking to the streets this May Day to rally for immigration reform. For the past few decades, immigrants have used this celebration for workers around the world as a platform to support immigration reform. This year, more immigrants than ever are expected to join in on national marches, mostly due to the push in Congress for federal changes to the current immigration laws.
Those involved in the rallies, including Angelica Salas, executive director of coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, are urging people in favor of immigration reform to get out and support the cause.
“Tens of thousands will take to the streets to express their support for worker rights and long-overdue immigration system updates,” said Salas. “We call on every American family to mark May 1 as a national day of action to press for the end of life in the shadows for millions of undocumented workers, students, families, and children who call the U.S. home.”
This May Day, immigrant advocacy groups are focusing efforts on calling and writing to members of Congress, sometimes targeting specific lawmakers at key moments in the debate. Reform Immigration for America, a network of groups, claims more than 1.2 million subscribers, including recipients of text messages and Facebook followers.
Advocates are pushing to get the word out in as many ways as possible this year because they are confident that sweeping changes will soon be made to a broken immigration system. Using everything from text blasts and phone calls to Facebook posts, advocates think that nothing will go unnoticed within Congress.
“Immigration reform will not take place unless we continue pressuring legislators to let them know it is time for reform -number one – and number two, the majority of Americans support immigration reform,” said Kika Matos, spokesperson for Fair Immigration Reform Movement, according to NBC Latino.