BOSTON — Today at 4 p.m. on a public bridge spanning I-90 in Allston, a group of immigrant rights advocates will unfurl a banner letting commuters know that even now, in the midst of a 1-to-1 World Series, another national, title game is being played in Washington D.C. On the banner, “Team Immigration Reform” will ask drivers to urge their U.S. Representatives to get off the bench and fight to score a winning goal for comprehensive immigration reform this year.
The game-winning kick has never been closer. In June, the Senate passed a broad, comprehensive bill with solid support from both Republicans and Democrats, and many analysts today agree that a nearly identical bill introduced earlier this month could also win the 218 votes necessary for House passage. The problem is House Speaker John Bohner has blocked the bill from reaching the floor of the House, effectively grabbing the ball out of play even as the clock continues to wind down on this year’s legislative session. Massachusetts’ nine Representatives in Congress, all Democrats, could help by signing onto the House bill, H.R. 15, and publicly demanding action, so that the ball can again roll as a bill is debated and a roll call taken.
” The majority of Americans support the idea of a comprehensive bill that would create a pathway for the 11 million people n this nation without status to earn their citizenship,” said Joana Dos Santos, Executive Director of the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center in Fitchburg. “We are taking this action to let Massachusetts know that we need our Representative to sign onto and publicly support H. R. 15 now.”
The action is one of a series throughout the coming weeks to urge passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform this year. The first was the unfurling of a banner and distribution of leaflets outside Fenway Park before the World Series game last night (see photo below).
WHO: Members of the New England Keeping Families Together Coalition
WHAT: Unfurling of Immigration Reform Banner
WHERE: Public I-90 Overpass off Everett Street, Allston
WHEN: 4 p.m., today, Friday, October 25, 2013
The New England Coalition for Keeping Families Together: AFL-CIO, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLU), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), ADL’s Latino-Jewish Roundtable, Anti-Defamation League, The African Council, Agencia ALPHA, Berkshire Immigrant Center, Birfly Conexion Juvenil Inmigrante, Boston New Sanctuary Movement (BNSM), Boston College Students, Brazilian Immigrant Center, Brazilian Ministers Network (BMNET), Brazilian Women’s Group, Brockton Interfaith Community, Centro Presente, Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores de New Bedford, Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores de Lynn, Chinese Progressive Association, Chelsea Collaborative, Citizenship Brazilian Movement, Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, Comite de Refugiados El Salvador (CORES), Dominican Development Center, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC), Emerson College Students / EmersonUNITE, Harvard College Act on a Dream, Harvard Kennedy School Students, Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative (IWCC), Jobs with Justice, Just Communities of Western Massachusetts, La Comunidad Inc, Latinas Know Your Rights, Latinos Unidos de Massachusetts (LUMA), Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA Coalition), MassCOSH, Matahari Eye of the Day, MIRA USA, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, New Hampshire Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees, Oiste?, Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA), REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, SEIU 32BJ/615, SEIU 1199, SEIU Local 509, Student Immigrant Movement, UNITE HERE Local 26, Williams College Students, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD).