Over 30 Leaders Arrested in a Major Civil Disobedience Action in DC for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(photos courtesy of http://americasvoiceonline.org)

House Republicans continue to stall progress on immigration reform and a path to citizenship while our families continue to be ripped apart. Yesterday, over 30 leaders, including prominent leaders from the labor movement, tired of being ignored, were arrested in a major civil disobedience action in DC for comprehensive reform that creates a road map to citizenship for 11 million immigrants.

Our unjust immigration policies are leaving children without their parents, wives without their husbands and brothers and sisters without each other. Every day, roughly 1,000 people are deported because the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives is denying the majority of the U.S. Congress a chance to vote on citizenship. 

Speaker Boehner has shown he won’t bring citizenship to a vote unless we force his hand. And some anti-immigrant lawmakers in Speaker Boehner’s party—led by the likes of Rep. Steve King—want to make sure lawmakers create a permanent second class in our country, by not allowing aspiring Americans to become citizens at all. But without a road map to citizenship, our immigration system will not live up to our ideals as Americans.

America is a nation of values, founded on an idea—that all men and women are created equal. This country is a land of freedom and opportunity. 11 million hardworking people deserve the opportunity to participate fully in our democracy. And 435 members of the House of Representatives deserve the opportunity to vote on that road map to citizenship. The time is now to end the moral crisis of deportations in our country, to stop corporations from exploiting vulnerable workers and to work together for solutions. 

How to take action NOW:

1. Sign and forward the petition asking House Speaker John Boehner to bring citizenship to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote. 

2.  Call Congress at 888-787-9658 right now and tell them to stop tearing families apart. 

3.  Tweet your support. #immigrationreform; #TimeisNow. Here’s an example:

Retweet if you want #immigrationreform. CALL if you want it now: 888-704-9466. #TimeisNow for the House to act!

4. Stay tuned for more opportunities to take action with APALA-DC!

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