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The power of organizing for immigration reform

Four of the 34 members of Congress we named in December—Representatives David Valadao, Peter King, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Jeff Denham—have now offered public support for reform, with Rep. Valadao writing in an opinion piece that "the cost of inaction is far too great." That's the power of organizing.

Miami, Florida—Victor Herrera, an OFA immigration leader in Chicago, spoke on national radio with the Enrique Santos Show and called on listeners to join the fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

Listen to the clip in Spanish here or read the transcript below in English.

Houston, Texas—Houston Mayor Annise Parker joined Fast 4 Families and OFA-TX volunteers to discuss the importance of immigration reform and emphasize the cost of Congress’s inaction.

Staten Island, New York—OFA-NY volunteers joined Make the Road New York outside Representative Michael Grimm's office. Immigrants from across the state shared their personal stories. “Cuando queremos reforma de inmigración?” asked Jose Rosales, (an immigrant group leader with Make the Road) to the crowd that huddled outside the steps of the organization’s new office building. “Mañana?” “NO,” people passionately responded. “Cuando?” he asked again. “Ahora!” the audience cheered.

We still have a long way to go, but as more and more lawmakers see—and acknowledge—the cost of action, it's clear our strategy is working.
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Translation of OFA volunteer Victor Herrera's interview with Enrique Santos

Enrique: We will not go away. Our voices will not fade. Our communities will be heard. We need them to listen to us regarding immigration reform in the U.S. Today we are going to talk with Victor Herrera, a volunteer for Organizing for Action. Victor, how are you?

Victor: Very good, thank you.

Enrique: From your personal point of view, why do we need to have immigration reform?

Victor: I was born in Mexico and, just after my 13th birthday, I was brought to the U.S. without documents. Thanks to immigration reform in 1986, I got my legal status in the U.S. through my parents. Finally, in 1994, I became a U.S. citizen. Now, thanks to that, I’m a volunteer at Organizing for Action.

Enrique: Great, because you want to see others get their citizenship and legal status in the U.S.

Victor: Yes, of course

Enrique: How would you motivate people when we have a Congress that’s doing nothing? What can our radio listeners—those who want to go further, volunteer, join the cause—do now?

Victor: Despite the hurdles, we can keep immigration reform in the forefront. We can get involved as volunteers with Organizing for Action, or individually. Everyone can get involved by calling their representative in Congress to ask them to support immigration reform. They can also tweet at their representatives and attend Organizing for Action events, or create their own events.

Enrique: Of course! And when you visit the website, you will find plenty of information and many ways to get involved. Victor, I want to thank you because you help a lot of people here in Chicago, the city where I was born, especially people in the Chicago Public Schools. And not just in education, but also by educating our community, especially our DREAMers, and also because you’re giving your time to help organize for Organizing for Action to pass immigration reform that is morally just and necessary for our communities in the U.S.

Victor: That's right; I want to invite everyone to get involved. That’s how we will stay united and make comprehensive immigration reform a reality. It all depends on us.
Enrique:Victor, thank you so much! Visit now.
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