NYLAG joins National Rally for Immigration Reform
On April 10, 16 NYLAG staff members and volunteers joined thousands of immigration advocates from across the country who flocked to Washington, D.C. for a rally to urge Congress to create a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
For NYLAG’s immigration attorneys, this demonstration marked the culmination of months of advocacy and reform work. Prior to the rally, the NYLAG group united with New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform (NYRIR), a coalition of which NYLAG is a member, to meet with key New York lawmakers including Congressman Crowley, Senator Schumer, as well as staff members from Congressman Rangel and Senator Serrano’s offices. During these meetings, NYLAG staffers and volunteers discussed their experiences working with immigrant populations and shared ideas for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). To view NYLAG’s CIR framework, outlining critical considerations for any new reform policies, click here.
Undaunted by the 90 degree weather, the NYLAG group joined thousands on the west lawn of the Capitol Building for the rally which featured prominent speakers and music. Chants of “Now it the Time,” rang across the Mall, echoing President Obama’s January speech about CIR.
“I came to the rally for my friends and family who are undocumented; this is a very personal issue for me,” said Oscar Sanchez, NYLAG volunteer and New York Law School student. “History is being made today and I want to be a part of that.”
Within earshot of the rally, lawmakers worked on a draft of new legislation, which was released yesterday, outlining reform for the Country’s broken immigration policies. The proposed bill, which is expected to be finalized in June, includes several original points suggested by NYLAG prior to and during the rally.