Immigration reform fight includes prayer and arrest


In an attempt to turn the push for immigration reform into more of a shove, a South Bend woman was among those arrested for civil disobedience in the nation’s capital last June.

“Absolutely, and I would do it again, over and over and over again until we pass immigration reform,” said Jesusa Rivera, Chair of National Civil Rights for All Immigrants. “My cell mate was one of the pastors in one of our other congregations in Kansas City.”

Rivera spent today in a church, instead of a cell, and tamed her tactics as she worked toward the same goal.
“Today is basically all about fasting, fasting and praying together.”

Rivera says she is the daughter of a migrant farm worker who was first put to work in the fields at the age of eight.

“Well, who are you going to get to pick the fruits that you eat every day? Because the United States citizens will not do the job that our folks do, they just won’t and at that pay,” said Rivera.

But the farm field is only part of the modern day push for immigration reform.

Indianapolis based Jay Kenworthy took part in the Fast 4 Families as well. Kenworthy is the local representative for FWD.ORG. “It’s all over the country but it started out by technology companies out in California like Facebook’s founder, and Google’s CEO are involved and it started as a way to get, you know, there’s a cap on the number of high tech visas that get, that America allows.”

Michigan Sixth District Congressman Fred Upton feels the way to break the immigration reform logjam in the house involves dealing with immigration issues one at a time.

“Folks will always find a reason to vote against a big bill,
So let's look at them individually,” said U.S. Rep. Upton. “The senate bill is about a 2,000 page bill, it’s not going to happen in the house.”

For instance, Upton says that a border security bill has already passed out of committee unanimously, and he believes other solutions to other problems can be solved one at a time. “We want people driving with auto insurance, we want to make sure that people are working, are paying taxes.”


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