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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Jill Garvey: National Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Immigration Reform

National Town Hall Meeting: We Can’t Wait

By Jill Garvey

Among cheers of “Sí se puede!” and “Time is now!” hundreds packed into the Church of the Reformation for a National Town Hall meeting on Capitol Hill. Their calls were clear - we can’t wait, we need comprehensive immigration reform now.

Farmworkers certainly can’t wait. Last year a pregnant teenager, María Isabel Vásquez Jiménez, died after working in a California vineyard in blistering heat without access to water or shade. Her’s is just one of many deaths due to inadequate protections for undocumented workers. How many more farmworkers will die in the fields before our system is reformed?

Janet Murguia of NCLR said, “We need to see the change that was promised.”

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