Immigration reform took center stage in downtown Elkhart today as dozens of advocates called on a local congresswoman to support their cause.
The Northern Indiana Coalition for Immigration Reform hosted a community-wide street fair Saturday afternoon at the city’s Civic Plaza.
The group wants Indiana Representative Jackie Walorski to emerge as a leader in the ongoing debate over the issue and stand behind legislation in the house that mirrors the far-reaching immigration reform bill recently passed in the Senate.
They say finding a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country is crucial in more ways than one.
“The working men and women of northern Indiana are behind this because they believe this is a jobs issue, this is a quality of life issue, and, unless we nip this immigration problem in the bud, we're not going to be able to resolve many of the economic problems that our nation is facing right now,” said Coalition spokesman Felipe Merino.
While Walorski was not able to attend, her district director was there to listen to her constituents’ concerns.