Local Activist Ask for Immigration Reform

January 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Local activists aren't wasting any time in asking the new administration to get to work on this issue of immigration reform. The activists gathered outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Fresno to ask President Obama to include immigration on his list of top priorities in his first 100 days of office.

Specifically, they're asking the president to work with the Democratic Congress to develop long term immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for immigrants.

Local activists said they're optimistic the president will get it done.

"He's a son of an immigrant. He understands us. Given the composition of the congress, that a majority is a democrats and that he himself is a democrat, I have hope that it's going to be passed," said Nayamin Martinez.

Organizers of today's rally are now beginning a signature campaign to demand immigration reform. They will then send those signatures to the president in Washington D.C.

An immigration rally is also set for the first day in May as has been done in the past three years.

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