Dozens of Vigils for DREAM Act on Eve of Expected Vote

A multi-racial show of unity as Congress readies major immigration bill.

By Jorge Rivas Dec 08, 2010

Dozens of candlelit vigils were held across the country in solidarity with DREAMers across the country last night. A Senate vote on the bill, expected to happen today around 7pm EST today, will likely be the bill’s last chance before a new, more anti-immigration Congress begins next year. Vigils were planned for places ranging from Chicago to Harrisonburg, Va.

In New York City, supporters met at St. Teresa’s Church in the lower East Side, in Los Angeles they gathered at Our Lady Queen of Angeles Church in La Placita Olvera–a church famous for making miracles happen in the Latino community.

But Tuesday night it wasn’t only Latinos hoping for a miracle. The crowd in Los Angeles, which grew to an estimated 200 people, included black, Asian and Latinos all standing together hoping the DREAM Act becomes a reality.

"As a country that is suppose to look benevolently at its young, its seniors and those folks in need, then it is our obligation and our requirement to pass the DREAM Act," said Rev. Eric Lee, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Los Angeles, an organization who’s first national president was Martin Luther King Jr. and is closely tied to the civil rights struggle.

"Let’s stand together–the African American community, the civil rights community, the human rights community. … We stand together with you."

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