(WASHINGTON, D.C.) March 23, 2010 - Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, urging Congress and the President to pass a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill this year.
In a videotaped message President Barack Obama said he is committed to working with Congress on a comprehensive bill to fix a "broken immigration system."
Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Taskforce, addressed the crowd of approximately 100,000 marchers who gathered from across the nation to demonstrate the real and urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform.
"We stand here at the front door of American history. Tens of thousands of immigrants are filling America’s front yard. The very same space where the overlooked and the dispossessed have always traveled to seek redress for their claims. "
"Justice for immigrants cannot wait. It cannot be delayed because of the fears of politicians," said Rep. Gutierrez.
Writing in The Washington Post, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, noted that the United States was founded precisely to avoid class distinctions we now see.
"We now live in a society that has accepted de facto the presence of a permanent underclass in our society, without equal rights or protection under the law. This is a current reality our founding fathers sought arduously to avoid. As a moral matter, we should no longer tolerate a system which preys upon the vulnerability of our fellow human beings and benefits from their labor, yet fails to guarantee their basic human rights."
The Cardinal also wrote that "...the present political culture does not lend itself to addressing controversial yet urgent issues such as immigration. Our cause, however, is right and true, not only for millions of immigrants in our country, but for the welfare of the nation." (Read his full remarks here.)
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