Miami’s history is a rich one, filled with thousands of stories of immigrants who came with dreams of a better life. Many immigrants still flock to this vibrant community to build new lives for themselves and their families. However, for those who came here illegally years ago, the chances of them ever becoming a citizen are slim. This is despite the fact that they have raised their children here, paid taxes and even created businesses.
In Florida, some politicians are publicly calling for a change. They are being joined by other groups such as farm workers, churches and even the Florida Chamber of Commerce. There are an estimated 825,000 undocumented immigrants in Florida and many Floridians understand the important role that these residents play in their communities. The people who are affected feel that they deserve to have a program that would eventually give them the ability to attain citizenship in this country.
To show their support for these people, events are being planned that will call on Congress to overhaul current immigration laws. Farm workers are putting together a caravan of minivans to travel to Washington, D.C., in an effort to reach out to politicians and encourage them to work together. Other events include letter writing, prayer, rallies, marches, and reading scriptures. While this grassroots campaign is limited to Florida, it is expected to expand into other states.
It is important for members of Congress to take into account the contribution that these immigrants have made to the growth of communities everywhere. Their actions affect not only those who desire to be U.S. citizens, but also families whose children are citizens.
Source: Sun Sentinel, “Floridians join big push for immigration overhaul,” William E. Gibson, Jan. 13, 2013