Immigration Rights Protestors March On the Capitol
Several hundred demonstrators turned out at the State Capitol to call for citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Protestors chanted in Spanish, Yes We Can and We’re Here, We’re Not Leaving, as they gathered on the east lawn of the Capitol.
Diana Navarro says she wants lawmakers to allow her family members to become citizens:
We’re just here to work, and we just want everybody to let us go ahead and do so.
The demonstrators marched about ten blocks to the Sacramento offices of Democratic Congresswoman Doris Matsui. They want her to support a way for illegal immigrants to become citizens. Matsui was in Washington, but staffer Chris Norem came out and read a statement from the congresswoman:
I continue to believe that a comprehensive approach is the only way to address the complex range of issues that make up the immigration reform debate.
In a later interview, Norem said Matsui is considering a new bill in Congress, the Strive Act, which would focus on securing the country’s borders before creating guest worker programs or legalizing immigrants.