Hola Arkansas Staff Little Rock, AR
With the government partially shut down, rally organizers admit that immigration reform is like a lot of other no budget issues, which slide into the background, but want to change that.
People marched from Philander Smith College and Dickey Stephens Park to meet in the Capitol. The organizers commented that about 500 people attended the march. This group was not only marched for reform also made for dignity and respect. There listened to speakers and prayed for change.
Mireya Reith said, "Even with a government shutdown, 1,100 families are still being deported every day and just do not feel that this is an issue that Congress must address. This is an issue that Arkansas believes it is a problem in the United States and is why a national commitment to go out and show our unity."
Other 39 states held rallies for immigration reform like this across the country that day. United Community Coalition for Immigration and Southeast Arkansas Rights sponsored the event in Little Rock, along with the people of Arkansas and supporters of the reform of seven other states like Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina also marched along with them.
Partisan of the reformation, Sarah Thomas, said "This is the time to really push and let our elected officials know that we are serious about this and we want to help our community."
Hundreds of faces in the crowd and everyone had a personal story as Leticia Reta. Although he has lived in the United States for two decades, Reta still considered an illegal immigrant. She said, "I came here 20 years ago, my children are here, I worked, I have a small house, I have my job and could lose everything.”
Reta said that the reform could change your life, which is something I always dreamed of. "We have to move forward, we must go forward.”
One of the organizers of the event, Senator of U.S. Bill that passed in the spring showing the promise of immigration reform to help people like Reta, but with a government shutdown and other issues, is being lost as steam.
Arkansas United Community Coalition and Southeast Immigration Rights expects the Latino and Asian vote to double by 2014 and the members of the group say that when this happens the leaders will no longer be able to ignor