Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Advocates Protest the SAVE Act, meet with Congressman Rodriguez

Last week, Grassroots Leadership, Southwest Workers Union, No Wall-Big Bend, and PODER protested outside of Rep. Ciro Rodriguez's office in San Antonio.  Congressman Rodriguez had signed onto the SAVE Act, a bill that would increase family detention beds, expand immigration detention, and implement enforcement-only "solutions" to current inadequacies in the immigration system.  The protestors demanded that Rodriguez reverse his support for the SAVE Act. (Photo courtesy of http://swunion.org/blog.html)

Watch a video of the protest here.

Friday, July 11, the group met with Rodriguez to express their concerns about his endorsement, calling on him to participate in a national sign-on letter against the SAVE Act.  After arguing the expansion of the border wall and family detention included in the SAVE Act would be detrimental to families, citizens, and newcomers to the U.S., the group convinced Rodriguez to rethink his position.  

Stay tuned for more on the growing national opposition to family detention...