Hundreds Rally in Favor of Immigration Reform
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Most of the Colorado Senate recently passed a bipartisan resolution urging congress to pass immigration reform.
Proponents say this new plan would secure our borders and help keep families together, which is something hundreds of people came together on Saturday to support.
“For a long time immigration has been ignored,” said Joshua Guajardo, youth pastor. “It’s something that has needed to be addressed and just hasn't been.”
For Guajardo, it's not about politics or party preferences but rather a chance for change and helping his students feel like they're not second class citizens.
“I tell them that they can be a part of it,” said Guajardo. “They can be a part of changing and be a part of the solution.”
Officials say every day nearly 1,100 families are impacted by the current immigration system.
But possibly not for much longer, as a new scheme continues to jump hurdles with more politicians like Senator Mark Udall finding themselves fighting for a transformation.
“He supports comprehensive immigration reform,” said Susan Holappa of the Office of Senator Mark Udall. “He supports the Dream Act. He views it as very important that we keep these families together.”
Udall’s not alone.
From business owners to those in agricultural trade, Nicole Bernal Ruiz of the Hispanic Affairs Project says these new developments are gaining speed.
“The reality is, our immigrant families are mixed status,” said Ruiz. “So we just really want to be able to bring all of our families together and keep everyone united.”
Step by step, this group hopes their dreams will become a reality.
“We marched an hour, an hour and half, whatever, but there are people that march days to get here just for the chance to try and work and some of them make it and some of them don’t,” said Guajardo.
Though it may be a hard road to continue down, Guajardo knows they'll stop at nothing
A rally similar to this was will take place in Denver on Wednesday.
This resolution is set to move on to the Colorado House of Representatives and is expected to gain further bipartisan support.