Keeping the Pressure on During Memorial Day Recess


After several weeks of prayer vigils, actions on the Hill, meetings with Congressmen, petitions and phonebanking, Senate Judiciary members overwhelmingly passed the immigration bill out of committee and sent it on to the Senate floor. This week, Congress is on Memorial Day recess, and there is a lull in Washington as we wait for the House to release their version of the immigration bill. But across the country, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) groups are hard at work in their home districts to keep the pressure on and remind members of Congress once to Remember November.

PAZ Arpaio actionToday in Phoenix, Promise Arizona in Action members marched through the streets to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office to demand Sheriff Joe Arpaio resign for his long history of terrorizing families and supporting racial profiling laws. In Boise this morning, the Idaho Community Action Network drove calls and 1,000 faxed petitions to Senator Mike Crapo asking that he focus on keeping families together.

And this is just the beginning of it. FIRM organizations in 30 states will lead over 100 voter registration rallies, town hall meetings, marches and congressional visits to remind members of Congress that although Washington may be quiet, families will continue to make their voices heard.