ORLANDO, Fla.--Immigrants, their brothers and sisters in labor and other progressive forces converged here on Oct. 29 for a protest demanding a path to citizenship for America's 11 million undocumented immigrants and an end to the deportations that have torn apart tens of thousands of immigrant families.
"Every day, more than 1,000 aspiring Americans are deported, mothers and fathers separated from children."
President Obama, the Democratic leadership, and the immigrant rights movement are planning a new push for immigration reform legislation in Congress.
Yesterday, a bus filled with dozens of immigrants en route to deportation ran into an unexpected roadblock: a group of undocumented activists and allies.
The peaceful blockade succeeded in halting the day's proceedings where detainees were to have been hauled before a judge and sentenced as a group.
The protests show that immigration reform supporters are prepared to continue the battle until the House leadership puts the immigration bill up for a vote.
"While Washington waffles on immigration, California's forging ahead," Brown said in announcing the signings. "I'm not waiting."
The events organized by the Connecticut Immigration Reform Alliance, featured 180 giant portraits of immigrants and supporters. The photos were placed on exhibit in Danbury, Hartford, New Haven and Stamford.
Undeterred by the government shutdown, immigration reform activists took to Capitol Hill today, telling lawmakers to get to the business of the people.