Rallies in DC, Across Country Urge Senators to Act on Immigration Overhaul


The main focus of the rally in Staten Island was passage of the New York State Dream Act, which qualifies undocumented youth to be eligible for a six-year-long conditional path to citizenship, one that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

"I think it's important to really start educating the public what the DREAM Act is, what it does and what it doesn't do," Titone said.

He added that it is important to put on the rallies because it "puts a real face on the DREAMers, the young adults who were brought here as children."

And many of the DREAMers were to attend a two-part gathering in Santa Cruz County, Calif., Wednesday. Two vigils were to be held in the Golden State Wednesday afternoon, according to Glen Schaller, political coordinator for the Monetary Bay Central Labor Council.

"We chose to do vigils partly because we've been leading an effort to encourage local city council members to pass resolutions for immigration reform and we have now passed the halfway point," Schaller said. "The vigils are a way for us to celebrate the jurisdiction that has already passed."

When asked whether the gatherings intentionally coincide with the march on Washington, Schaller said, "Absolutely."

"We would like to honor the folks who are going gather to D.C.," he said.

"We want to add our voices to theirs to encourage the House and Senate to pass this legislation."

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