Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall on Tuesday to urge Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The March and Rally for Immigrant Dignity and Respect attracted activists from across the country who called on the House of Representatives to bring a bill already approved by the Senate to the floor for a vote. The Border, Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R. 15) creates a realistic path to citizenship for all the aspiring Americans- including millions of students – who call the United States home and preserves the unity of families.
NEA Executive Director John Stocks addressed the rally. “We advocate on behalf of the children that sit in our classrooms every day – these are our students, the children who educators know by name and by neighborhood and by family. Forcing them to live in the shadows of society because of their legal status is wrong,” said Stocks.
After the protest, Stocks, along with 200 other religious, civil, and community leaders were arrested in the largest civil disobedience action for immigration reform. Ten members of Congres were also arrested, including civil rights legend John Lewis (D-Ga.).
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