Brea, CA | After a successful send off outside Senator Diane Feinstein’s LA office Monday morning, the Keeping Families Together immigration bus tour will make a stop outside Congressman Ed Royce’s office. Congressman Royce, a member of the Tea Party Caucus, has ignored previous requests to speak to immigrant rights groups about a common sense immigration policy.
“I’m a janitor, and I work hard to provide a better life for my family,” said Aracely Gomez. “Taking part in this bus tour and talking to people about my story and why I’m willing to fight for an immigration plan that would help me get closer to becoming a US citizen is an important first step. I just hope Rep. Royce let’s us talk to him about what this means for me and my family.
The California Tour is part of a national effort in 19 states, 90 cities, involving more than 100 Congressional districts, 38 US Senators, and 582 families impacted by the broken immigration system. The tour will travel 20,000 miles and meet up March 13 in Washington, DC, where 150 families, representing the 1,500 immigrants deported daily, will hold sessions with Senators and House Members.
Two concurrent bus tours will spread across the Golden State to cover hundreds of miles and meet with local communities, elected officials, and special guests.
Participating organizations in the California Keeping Families Together Stories Tour include Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, CARECEN-Los Angeles, COFEM, CLUE, California Dream Network, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Center for Community Change, Community Coalition, Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional, La Placita Church, Korean Resource Center, Mi Familia Vota, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Silicon Valley Alliance for Immigration Reform, CLUE-LA, ICIR-CLUE-CA, SIREN, SEIU-USWW, SEIU-ULTCW, SEIU Local 721, UFCW Local 5, UFW Foundation, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and others.
WHO: USWW members, 50 immigrant families, labor & religious leaders
WHAT: Rally & delegation to office of Tea Party Caucus Congressman, Ed Royce
VISUALS: Banners, signs, drummers
SEIU United Service Workers West represents more than 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport service workers, and other property service workers across California. SEIU is the fastest growing union in North America, with more than 2 million members.