Today CAUSA, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition was joined by students from local colleges and universities for a march and rally at the district office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in Downtown Portland.
The purpose of the action was part of a nationwide effort to pressure Congress to finally fix our broken immigration system with passage of The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2009 and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
During today’s march and rally, immigration reform advocates called on Senator Wyden to support the DREAM Act of 2009 and asked him to encourage Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to introduce similar legislation to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR-ASAP)(HR4321), a bill that was introduced last month in the U.S. House of Representatives.
While marching, Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz made a surprise appearance to give words of support for the DREAM Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In October, Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz introduced a resolution calling on their fellow colleagues to support the federal DREAM Act. Resolution 1434 passed unanimously.
Here are some photos from today’s event:
Immigrant Rights Advocates to urge Senator Wyden to Support the DREAM Act and Immigration Reform