A national march in favor of immigration reform in the United States was announced by a coalition of 50 pro-immigrant organizations led by the Organización Hondureña Francisco Morazán, seeking to pressure President Obama's administration and Congress to approve immigration reform this year.
According to newspaper La Opinión, Francisco Portillo, leader of the UHFM, said that the coalition of united Latino organizations for integral immigration reform will carry out a march in different cities next April 6 in Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and New York.
Portillo said that the movement's intention is to send a message to American authorities that they're still on time to approve immigration reform stop the increase in deportations which has reached historical levels during President Obama's administration.
"We have suffered many years because there have been promises from politicians. President Obama promised us in his first term a reform and it passed in the Senate and now we're waiting for the House of Representatives," said religious leader Enrique Pacheco in a press conference referenced by La Opinión.
Farmers and Ranchers Pressure in Favor of Immigration Reform
The Texas Farm Bureau sent a message to the US Congress in which they asked legislators to approve immigration reform, assuring that legislation on the matter would help the farming market compete.
The state director for the Farm Bureau, Russell Boening, sent a message to the National Press Club in Washington, where he spoke of immigration reform and that the lack of action by Congress is a problem for farmers and ranchers since it makes them harder to find labor, according to KPBS.
"You can't find local workers to do this kind of jobs and most of these jobs have been historically taken by immigrants. There are many, many producers who feel this way," said Russell Boening.
The farmer leader in Texas, administrator of a dairy product farm, acknowledged that immigration reform must consider three major points: border security, work fulfillment and a way for workers to enter the country legally.