Reform Immigration for America

By 21:10

"We need a bill that says if you come here to hurt our communities, we will not support you; but if you are here to work hard and to make a better life for your family, you will have the opportunity to earn your citizenship" - Representative Luis Gutierrez

I couldn't have said it better myself... and I HAVE said it in one form or another for many a years.

There's nothing that makes me happier than peaceful rallies for a cause people are passionate about. I may not even be in favor OF the rally. But seeing people manifest their passion for reform, hope, solidarity... it gives me goosebumps. The good kind. Today an immigration rally was held on Capitol Hill in DC and about 20 other cities across the US much like those I participated in when I was in the US and immigration reform was actually being discussed in congress in 2006 and 2007. I often wish I could be in D.C. since I spent two of the best months ever interning there and miss the happy hours, lying on the mall and salsa dancing there oh so much - but I must admit, I would have LOVED to be there today for this rally, where thousands marched in a peaceful rally for immigration reform.

I think this rally was important and powerful because it wasn't asking the government to choose sides. It was asking for SOME sort of immigration reform. Whether you're for legalizing undocumented immigrants or not, most people are looking for some sort of answer. For those who read my blog, you probably have gotten the feeling that I am all for legalizing all immigrants, but I'm not. I agree with Rep. Gutierrez 100%. I think those who are in the US working, trying to make a living that benefit their families and are making a contribution to their societies and local communities' economies, deserve a path towards citizenship, regardless of how they got there.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this bill to be discussed fully, with lots of love and care and hope for the best outcome for the country!! (but obvi on the immigrant community's side ;-))

For further reading - here's the site on the movement - Reform Immigration for America

beijooss amores!!

ps - thanks to those who responded in my little quiz last week. i've decided to just go with what i was going with, but i may talk a little less about "i did this this and that," because i've realized that can get quite boring, and more, "i saw this great band this weekend - here's a clip" or "i'm planning this vacation, does anyone have any advice," etc. :-)

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