Sotelo is not the only one to put a human face on the immigration bill likely to stir Congress next week. Monday, another popular Hispanic DJ arrives in Washington with a hundred immigrants who are traveling cross country by train, making stops to share their personal stories.
Renan "El Cucuy" Almendarez Coello, a nationally syndicated Spanish-language radio DJ, kicked off the 10-day "Dreams of America Tour" Wednesday. The tour, organized by the Catholic Church, unions and community groups, culminates with a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill. The one hundred immigrants selected to participate in the tour, the "Dreamers," will share their stories with members of Congress Monday.
The shift in tactics comes at a time when comprehensive immigration reform may be on the brink of passage, possibly going up for debate as early as Thursday.
As senators debate the details of the bill, caravaner Roberto Ramirez hopes they remember the faces behind the numbers they debate.
Pointing to the nicely manicured Capitol lawn, Ramirez asked, "Who cuts this grass? Who works at the McDonalds? We work hard, we have families and we just want to live here legally," he said.