Modesto rally wants immigration reform

06/28/2014 7:52 PM

06/29/2014 12:07 AM

Keeping families together was the theme of an immigration rally Saturday that drew some 200 people.

The Modesto gathering was part of coordinated protests nationwide this weekend aimed at keeping immigration reform in the spotlight in Washington. A year has passed since the Senate passed a broad bipartisan bill that includes a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

Saturday’s rally focused on the measure, which has stalled in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. “With the lack of progress on immigration reform by House leadership, we have witnessed deportations hit record numbers here and in the rest of the country,” Alma Lepez of Mi Familia Vota, one of the organizing groups, said in a news release.

The rally at Crows Landing and Hatch roads was organized by Congregations Building Community, El Concilio, Mi Familia Vota and the Modesto Immigration Coalition, among others. Homero Mejia, of Congregations Building Community, said the groups will continue to advocate for keeping families together and overhauling the immigration system.

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