Immigration reform activists hold vigil on National Day of Action

October 4, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
Despite the government shutdown and seemingly endless gridlock in Washington, activists in the Triangle are still pushing Congress to pass an Immigration Reform Bill.

Activist rallied in Durham Saturday along with hundreds of other supporters in cities across the country for a National Day of Action.

Around a hundred people came together in faith at the Good Sheppard Church to call on Congress to take action for immigration reform.

Attendees say too many immigrants have suffered in the shadows. These people say they are fighting for a dream where they feel equal, respected, and free.

Immigration reform activist Ingrid Nunez is a legal citizen now but knows of other struggles all too well.

"It is very hard because you have to be afraid about everywhere you go. And sometimes you feel discriminated just because you don't speak the language," said Nunez.

The Immigration Reform Bill has already passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, but House Democrats unveiled their own legislation Wednesday in hopes of getting Republicans moving on the issue.

The North Carolina Latino coalition feels there is promise.

"We want our voices to be heard. We want this conversation to happen. And we want to make a process for legalization for about 11 million people that are living here in fear and that shouldn't be like that in the greatest nation in the world," said Ivan Parra, member of the North Carolina Latino Coalition.

Next Week a massive rally is set to take place in Washington, D.C.; many of the folks who attended Saturday's vigil will be heading to the nation's capitol for that gathering to further push for immigration reform.

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