More than 50 activists and counter protesters gathered at 1 p.m. outside the office of Congressman Ed Royce on Tuesday to demand he change his positions on immigration and support President Barack Obama’s reform plan that would clear a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. The group, organized by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA 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.
The Bus Tour participants were met by a handful of counter demonstrators, primarily TEA Party activists who support Congressman Royce, in his opposition to a path to legal residency, and citizenship for undocumented immigrants n the U. S. Congressman Royce was in Washington, D.C. and missed seeing the rally, but as the Orange County Register reports Royce released a written statement in response to the visit saying in part:
“We are hearing renewed interest from all sides on the immigration issue. … I will say this, however, I have long-standing views that border security must be front and center.”
At 3 p.m. the bus tour had moved on to the Office of Congressman John Campbell in Irvine.
Our intrepid photographer Lou Delgado was able to get some pictures from Tuesdays protests. For the slideshowclick here.