Pinoys continue fight for immigration reform
PASADENA, California – Immigrant rights activists and faith leaders gathered for a vigil outside Pasadena city hall last Thursday night, praying that a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship could be passed soon.
“We are continuously promoting and fighting for a more comprehensive and just immigration reform,” Jewel Dela Cruz of the Filipino Migrant Center said.
As they were hoping for answered prayers, the federal shutdown had slowed down the chances of immigration reform.
“We never got off track with the immigration reform bill and the work we’re trying to do to push that reform. Unfortunately it comes at a time when there are a lot of other issues with the government,” Pastor Jolo Buktaw of United Methodist Church and the Filipino Migrant Center explained.
On Thursday, as President Obama was addressing the end of the federal shutdown, he reminded lawmakers that immigration reform should be the next priority.
“The immigration bill is one of the three issues he wants to push forward and move prior to the end of this year,” Jolo said. “I’m glad the President recognizes its importance.”
After the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill earlier this year, the measure had stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives, as leaders said they want to tackle immigration through a series of smaller bills.