The government may be dealing with a shutdown but that is not shutting down some Michiana residents from asking for support for another major issue: immigration reform.
The Northern Indiana Coalition for Immigration Reform is at it again, this time in Mishawaka and they're knocking on Congresswoman Jackie Walorski's door.
The group gathered at Beutter Park around 3:30 p.m. before marching their way to Congresswoman Walorski's Mishawaka office on Lincolnway East.
Dozens of people participated in the march blowing whistles and carrying signs that read "Citizenship for 11 million", "I can't dream without my parents" and many more.
Once the group made it to Walorski's office they made a few speeches and even read a letter they gave to her office.
Ultimately, this group says they want Walorski to take a lead in the House to support comprehensive immigration reform. They want her to support the bill that was just introduced in the House that mirrors the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in June. On top of that, they want her to be a part of the community-sponsored Immigration Reform Round Table that will be held at the City-County Building on October 18th.
“It’s time to pass comprehensive immigration reform and to pass immigration reform that brings the 11 million aspiring Americans into our country as full and equal Americans,” says North Central Indiana AFL-CIO President Tony Flora. “It’s unconscionable that the United States has a part of its population, people who have lived in our communities for decades but lack legal status. It’s the result of a broken immigration system, we let it fall apart, we let it happen and it’s time to fix it.”
We did receive a statement from Congresswoman Walorski's office that says,
"Congresswoman Walorski is currently in Washington working on solutions to end the disappointing government shutdown and address our nation’s budget situation. When the House considers legislation related to immigration, Congresswoman Walorski will take a careful look at each bill that is offered. As always, she encourages Second District Hoosiers to contact our office to convey their opinions on this issue,” writes Communications Director Elizabeth Guyton.
Congresswoman Walorski Office:
202 Lincolnway East
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Folks will be meeting again tomorrow around 12:30 p.m. in Plymouth at the Marshall County Court House. If you want to participate you can contact Michelle Livinghouse at 574-952-3180