Immigrant advocates on Long Island will join a national mobilization effort tomorrow calling for reform to give millions of unauthorized immigrants a chance to earn legal status and citizenship.
Dozens of supporters of immigration reform proposals passed by the U.S. Senate and just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to attend a noon Brentwood rally and march that is one of about 170 such events planned across the United States.
Other marches are scheduled to start from the Brooklyn Heights and Bushwick neighborhoods of Brooklyn and from Corona in Queens, then converge with a rally at Cadman Plaza. The larger march will cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.
Although Congress has become mired in budget fights since a multipronged reform bill passed the Senate in June, advocates said they want to keep the issue alive.
“We think this is the moment to apply pressure,” said Karina Claudio-Betancourt, lead organizer with the Long Island office of advocacy group Make the Road New York. “The ball is in Congress’ court … and even if it looks like an uphill battle we want to send a message to Congress that this is an issue that cannot be tossed aside.”
Organizers said the Brentwood march will start in the hamlet’s Ross Park, near Brentwood Road and First Avenue, and proceed through Brentwood Road to the vicinity of the Brentwood Public Library on Second Avenue.
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