Monday, March 22, 2010

Tennesseans March on Washington for Immigration Reform

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 9:03 AM

This weekend, approximately 150 Nashvillians joined with activists from all over the

click to enlarge Among the locals who went to DC were these DREAM Act folks, who are hoping to get the chance to go to college as a path to citizenship.
  • Among the locals who went to DC were these DREAM Act folks, who are hoping to get the chance to go to college as a path to citizenship.
state and the rest of the country to march on Washington and stand in favor of comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a way for undocumented folks to have some sort of legal status.

Organizers planned for 100,000 people to turn out. The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition [TIRRC] tweeted that it thought about 200,000 people were there, but the DC Fox affiliate was reporting that the crowd was 500,000 people strong.

Video from the event shows a good-sized crowd, but with people having room to move around.

Elias Feghali, from TIRRC, said that, whatever the numbers were, they exceeded everyone's expectations. I asked about the mood on the bus, returning home to Nashville. He said that people felt unified and hopeful, but that there was a real frustration with the status quo.

President Obama spoke by video to the crowd and promised to work towards reform within the year.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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