Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How Young People Are Leading the Call for Immigration Reform

Young immigrants have so much at stake here. They have the education, the dreams and plans and can't get jobs without documents.   - - Donna Poisl

by Joy Lawson

Three years ago, Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez and three fellow college students walked from Miami to Washington, DC.

It took four months for the group to complete their 1,500-mile trek -- what they called the "Trail of Dreams" -- on foot. They treaded through snow and slept on couches because they had a message to share with Washington: We need immigration reform. We need an end to the deportation of undocumented students. We need solutions, now.

Sousa-Rodriguez had been a part of the Young People For leadership development program, and the young organizers who have followed in his footsteps share the same extraordinary commitment to fixing our country's broken immigration system. As the director of that program, my respect for the passion and effective organizing of young people on this issue today -- as the highly anticipated bipartisan immigration bill is expected to be introduced -- is no less strong than it was then.
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