Miami Immigration Activists Bus to Washington

July 25, 2016 10:36 am
by David Jakeman

Miami to Washington is a long drive. But that is not stopping those in Miami who are interested in seeing Obama’s executive orders on immigration upheld. Most people traveling in the spring are usually headed in the direction of Miami, but those might be college students. The trip is an example of the real desire for comprehensive immigration reform that will allow immigrants to live without constant fear of deportation, and for some, separation from their families.

Immigration Hot Topic

Miami immigration attorneys have noted the increased fear of immigrants in light of heated presidential campaign rhetoric. Donald Trump, who has been one of the most concerned about immigration, has received a groundswell of support from the Republican base. This year was supposed to be the year that the Republican Party moved to moderation on immigration issues, but an uncertain economic recovery that has not necessarily led to more jobs increased fear among certain members of the Republican Party base.

Miami residents and immigrants living in Miami know Jeb Bush well enough, and it was in part because of Bush’s more accommodating stance to immigration that he found himself steamrolled by Trump. It’s hard to know what the national scene will look like in a few months, but it remains clear that the immigration issue will be a hot topic for days to come.

Bus Trip from Miami

It is in part because of these realities that a group of immigration reform and immigrant activists in Florida are organizing the trip. The trip was announced in front of the Miami-Dade County government building. The group is not alone either. A large number of activists will be making the journey from across the country to support Obama’s actions.

One woman said she is going because there needs to be justice for the millions of families who are locked out of the system. Another said that immigrants deserved the right to work and live in peace without the consistent and nagging fear that they could be taken from their families. It will soon be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether or not Obama’s actions were constitutional.1

The decision will have huge ramifications for the future, and there are so many unknowns: not even the smartest Miami immigration lawyer would be able to tell you what is going to happen. One thing is for certain. Advocates of immigration reform and supporters of immigrants in Miami will continue to make their voices heard, even if that means a long bus ride all the way to Washington.

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