(This was printed in the Harlingen Valley Morning Star)
Petition, vigil support reforms for immigration
Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:59 pm
HARLINGEN — Dozens of people from 10 community-based organizations gathered for a vigil Tuesday morning outside U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s Harlingen district office, in an effort to call attention to comprehensive immigration reform across Texas.
The vigil was a collaboration of members of the Equal Voice Network, a group of 10 nonprofit organizations that include Harlingen’s Casa de Proyecto Libertad, San Benito’s South Texas Adult Resource and Training Center, the Brownsville Community Health Center and others.
The group submitted a petition to Cornyn and junior U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with more than 10,000 signatures, asking them to support a pathway to citizenship in looming immigration reforms.
“It is the only way to ensure family unity, to ensure the protection of the human rights that we should all be afforded in this nation,” said John Michael Torres, communications coordinator with La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE). “Immigration reform is the only way that those rights could be protected.”
According to its website, LUPE is a community-based union that organizes for dignity and human rights, including housing, living conditions, health care, wages and immigrant rights.