Statement of FIRM on May 1 Nationwide Immigrant Day of Action
On May 1, 2007, hundreds of thousands of families nationwide gathered in peaceful demonstrations calling for Congress to enact a just and humane comprehensive immigration reform bill. From Seattle to Miami and in dozens of communities across the nation, community members turned out for marches, rallies, vigils, and community events to educate one another on how various immigration proposals could impact American families, to press for just and humane immigration legislation and to call for an end to the Bush administrations disastrous policy of raiding immigrant communities, which have torn thousands of families apart.
Washington, DC. Asian-American organizations from more than 25 states were joined by dozens of Latino leaders to call on Congress to enact just and humane immigration reform immediately. Hundreds of immigrant leaders met with more than 70 congressional offices, including face to face meetings with Senators and Representatives from both parties.
New York, NY. Using the theme of the American Family Tree to demonstrate the contributions of immigrants to the American family, and the value of family that immigrant families share with all Americans, dozens of community organizations held a major pro-immigrant forum to call for just and humane immigration reform.
Milwaukee, WI. Tens of thousands of immigrants and allies marched in a powerful show of solidarity against the Bush administration’s immigrant community raids, which have had a devastating impact on Milwaukee families, and for passage of comprehensive immigration reform .
Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, which coordinates the Fair Immigration Reform Movement said:
“The hundreds of thousands of individuals and families who spoke out on May 1 are indicative of the vibrant and diverse nationwide community now calling for just and humane immigration reform. The Bush administration’s inhumane policy of immigrant community raids rips families apart in cities across America and Congress continues to drag their feet on immigration reform.
On May 1, this inclusive community of immigrants and allies sent a strong message to Congress that the time is now for a just and humane immigration reform bill. Democrats and Republicans alike can and will be held accountable if they fail to make good on their promises to enact an immigration reform bill this year.”