April 9, 2013 -- Hailing from all corners of the U.S., thousands of immigrants and human rights activists are traveling today to the nation's capital for a rally on Wednesday in support of immigration reform.
Univision News' Enrique Acevedo is following a caravan of buses that departed from Alabama on their 750-mile trek to Washington D.C.
In June of 2011 Alabama passed one of the toughest bills cracking down on illegal immigration. Among the most controversial parts of the law, it requires that public schools share with authorities the citizenship status of all newly enrolled students.
Among the 200 people traveling in three separate buses are Victor Palifox, 21, and his 17-year-old brother Jose Perez. They are both going to D.C. in support of an immigration reform bill that can help their parents. "I'm going to Washington D.C. to stand up for my family," said Perez, "To have comprehensive immigration reform that not only includes us the DREAMers, but also our parents."
This week the bi-partisan group in the Senate known as the "Gang of Eight" is expected to unveil a comprehensive immigration reform bill by the end of this week. The rally is timed to put pressure on legislators and public opinion.