Immigration Reform Supporters Rally in Court Square

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- More than 300 people were out showing their support for the immigration reform bill that's being considered in Washington. One supporter said, it's about time.

Speeches and songs as immigration reform supporters marched while chanting it's time for a change.The rally organized by Virginia Organizing met in downtown Harrisonburg. They marched around Court Square and neighboring streets. The march ended at Congressmen Bob Goodlatte's office.

Sammy Arguello supports the march. He heard the group while he was working. He said it's about time.

"Finally! First and for most.I mean, Spanish people have been working and been in this country and mingling in this country for hundreds of years. It's now that they are taking a stand it's good," said Arguello.

Bri Pursley majors in social work at James Madison University. She said it was her first rally. She said communities are made up of all types of people and she supports everyone.

"It was very empowering experience just to come together with people I don't know and form a common bond with everyone. Listen to their stories was very empowering," said Pursley.

Other supporters said it isn't fair for people to think one sided. Some said, undocumented immigrants aren't different from anyone else.

"We're all immigrants, I don't understand why there can't be opportunity for everybody," said Kathleen Stoehr.

Supporters hope that their efforts made an impact on Goodlatte's decision in Washington on the bill.

There were no people who oppose immigration reform at the rally.

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