Immigration activists in the Valley are preparing for a march in Harrisonburg this week.
They're asking Sen. Mark Warner to co-sponsor a bill that would give children brought into the United States illegally a path to citizenship.
The bill is called "The Dream Act," and for Isabel Castillo, it's personal. She was brought to this country at the age of six, educated at a local high school and got her bachelor's at a local college.
However, Castillo says it's not just about her.
"This is about the 65,000 undocumented students that graduate each year from a high school," says Castillo.
She was one of many who spent Tuesday night making signs for Wednesday's rally.
"It's children. We're talking about children's lives who did not have a say to be brought here to the U.S.," says Castillo.
However, she says the group isn't asking for a free pass.
"There are requirements. It's not amnesty. You must have lived in the U.S. for five consecutive years, have good moral character, meaning no criminal record, have a high school diploma," explains Castillo.
Julio Avila also spent Tuesday making signs, though he wouldn't be eligible through the act. He says he is marching for his children's education.
"I have two children that have finished high school, and they need to keep studying," says Avila.
He says he's asking politicians to look at the big picture.
"I think that a community that is well educated and immigrants that are educated will be better for the whole nation," concludes Avila.
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