ORLANDO, Fla.--Immigrants, their brothers and sisters in labor and other progressive forces converged here on Oct. 29 for a protest demanding a path to citizenship for America's 11 million undocumented immigrants and an end to the deportations that have torn apart tens of thousands of immigrant families.
The march attracted protesters from both progressive and conservative groups in opposition to unlawful government spying on Americans.
Washington State voters received their mail ballots last week, their chance to vote on I-522, a statewide ballot measure that would require labeling of all genetically engineered food.
The peaceful blockade succeeded in halting the day's proceedings where detainees were to have been hauled before a judge and sentenced as a group.
The protests show that immigration reform supporters are prepared to continue the battle until the House leadership puts the immigration bill up for a vote.
The events organized by the Connecticut Immigration Reform Alliance, featured 180 giant portraits of immigrants and supporters. The photos were placed on exhibit in Danbury, Hartford, New Haven and Stamford.
A blow was dealt against a possible bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House of Representatives when two more Republican members withdrew. However, immigrant rights activists vow that they will not be deterred.
The question now is whether the Syria situation and the threat of a new partisan war over the debt ceiling will derail immigration reform efforts.
When Lulu Martinez and eight other undocumented youth who had grown up in the United States approached the U.S. port of entry in Nogales, Mexico to return home, they set in motion a whole new fight to reunify families torn apart by a broken immigration system.
Polls show substantial public opposition to a military strike on Syria, even "limited" strikes to deter chemical weapons use.