BIRMINGHAM,AL (WBRC) - Hundreds packed Arthur Shores Park Saturday afternoon to take a stand for immigration reform.
"We are striving for comprehensive reform that leads to a path to citizenship," said Benard Simelton with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was there in support for the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ). There were several members at the event, including Juanita Mendoza. Like many in attendance at the rally, Mendoza was born in the United States, but comes from an immigrant family.
"I have family who at this moment is undocumented," explained Mendoza. Mendoza says everyday they live in fear of deportation.
"Thanksgiving is coming, Christmas is coming, and if we don't have our families? They are deporting thousands of people a day," added Mendoza.
Today her message urging the House Representative to vote for comprehensive immigration reform was echoed by fellow activists. Marchers first met at the park and then took to the streets of downtown Birmingham. Like Mendoza, many immigration reform activists at Saturday's event said the issue is on the back burner. Today's march was part of a nationwide effort to call onto lawmakers.
According to ACIJ more than 100 rallied took place across the country as part of national day of dignity and respect.
"We don't' want to end the year without having something in place," added Mendoza.
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