Immigration reform rally staged near Tyson Events Center
Folks walked from the Tyson Events Center to Chuck Grassley's office to show support for an immigration reform bill.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
As lawmakers in Washington consider a bill that would provide a path to citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants in this country, the issue is boiling over here at home.
The Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, served as the backdrop to the push for reform from many Siouxlanders.
They rallied outside the Tyson Events Center, voicing support for an immigration reform bill that, they believe, would bring 11 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows. Organizers say their main goal is bringing families together.
"Because it can take 15 or 20 years and more for folks to be able to come up from Mexico to see cousins, brothers, sisters, family, and that's just too long of a wait," said Stephen Babe, a regional organizer for the rally.
Supporters walked to the federal building in front of Sen. Chuck Grassley's Sioux City office, where they signed a petition.
Organizers say immigration reform has gotten support from several Republican senators and Grassley's support could be the piece that pushes it over the top.
"To make a statement to Washington, D.C., to get to work, pass the bill and let all the Latino families be happy to live in America," said Maria Rundquist of Sioux City.
The rally was sponsored by the non-profit group Organizing for Action.
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