ABQ families rally for immigration reform

Posted at: 06/17/2013 10:17 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Tonight, Albuquerque families called for Congress to act soon saying their futures depend on it.

Parents and their children enjoyed an evening together Monday night at a rally for immigration reform. Leaders called for comprehensive action on the issue in Congress.

Rachel LaZar, executive director at El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, said Congress isn’t focused on the right things when it comes to reform.

“Unfortunately in the house they're looking at enforcement-only legislation and that is not something that's going to fix our broken immigration system,” she said.

Last week, 82 senators voted to move forward with a full debate on a plan which includes a path to citizenship. But many republicans want stricter border security requirements.

These activists argue deporting parents, mostly fathers, hurts society as a whole. These families are left struggling financially and the children are forced to grow up without dads.

Many activists, including Pastor Pedro Ramos-Goycolea, believe the whole debate comes down to human rights.

“The fact that they don't have a legal document to be in this country shouldn't prevent them from raising their children, from giving love and care to their children,” Ramos-Goycolea said.

The Senate is expected to vote on a final immigration bill before the fourth of July. From there, the proposal will face a much tougher challenge in the house.