As the Obama administration remains on track to deport its two millionth immigrant, people are once again taking to the streets this Saturday in hope of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. House Democrats unveiled a bill this week. Representative Luis Gutierrez has since made clear that the bill could pass the House with bipartisan support. Getting as far as a vote is unlikely, however, during the government shutdown.
People in more than 100 cities around the country are preparing for marches to demand Congress move forward on a bill. Dubbed the March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect, the event is largely organized by unions and mainstream immigrant rights organizations. Activists and advocates at Saturday’s events hope to give the House one last push for immigration reform. Another march is planned for October 8 in Washington, DC.