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Immigrant advocates to rally in Mishawaka, Plymouth

Two immigration reform rallies are to be held in the area in coming days.

Posted on Oct. 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 2, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.

Proponents of immigration reform haven’t given up the call for change.

Two rallies are planned in coming days, on Friday in Mishawaka and on Saturday in Plymouth, to reiterate the call for reform.

Many groups from across the nation are expected to rally, and the event Friday is set to start at 3:30 p.m. at Buetter Park at Main and Front streets. Participants will then march to the Mishawaka field office of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican, to reiterate the call.

“Join us in the fight for citizenship for 11 million Americans-in-waiting, for family unity, fulfilled dreams, full and equal rights and fairness for all workers,” says a flyer for the Mishawaka event. There are around 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, and one of the key calls for many immigrant advocates is a pathway to citizenship for them, one of the sticky points in the debate.

Saturday’s event is set to start at 12:30 p.m. at the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse in Plymouth. Later, participants will march in the city.

“Participants will join together in one voice that says the time is now to pass fair immigration reform that will keep families intact and provide immigrants a path to citizenship,” Rebecca Griffy, organizer of the event, said in a press release.

The Northern Indiana Coalition for Immigration Reform, made up of many area groups and representatives, including La Casa Inc. of Goshen, is sponsoring the Mishawaka rally. Friends of Immigration Reform, originally formed in Plymouth, is sponsoring the Plymouth event, expected to draw participants from Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, among other places.

While the U.S. Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform proposal, the U.S. House has yet to take action.


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