New Yorkers Marching on White House for Immigration Reform
Washington, D.C. - Hundreds of New Yorkers are headed to the nation's capitol today to tell Congress and the president not to give up on comprehensive immigration reform. Andres Kwon of Syracuse is one of over 500 New Yorkers planning to join a march to the White House; he says he's marching because families in central New York are being torn apart by what he calls "ruthless immigration raids."
“Parents are being deported, families are being broken up. The White House can take a lot more leadership on this issue to demonstrate that a majority of this nation is behind a comprehensive immigration reform.”
Prior to the march, there will be an interfaith prayer service - and the Reverend Moses Akanbi of the Good Family Fellowship Church near Albany will be there. A Nigerian immigrant, he says he will pray that his wife and eight children finally make it to the U.S.
“We are hard working people, and I love this nation. Please help me bring my wife and my children here. I want to unite with them, here.”
President Bush has taken flack from the conservative wing of his own party for his efforts to push an immigration reform bill this session. Critics say the plan before the Senate doesn't do enough to punish undocumented immigrants, and makes their path to citizenship too easy. The Senate is expected to resume its debate of the hot button issue this week.