Seattle Immigration Rally Draws a Crowd

June 4, 2015 4:23 am
by David Jakeman

It seems like it’s been a while since there have been significant rallies promoting immigration reform. There was quite a swirl of protests and rallies prior to the recent mid-term elections, but they died down once it appeared that immigration reform was stalled in Congress and President Obama issued an executive action that is now tied up in the courts.

But if a recent gathering in the Seattle streets is any indication, it looks like protests for immigration reform and fair treatment of immigrants might just be on the upswing. And if these displays are any indication of what is to come, you can bet that immigration will play an important role in the upcoming Republican and Democratic primaries. A significant number of candidates on both sides of the aisle are touting their immigrant friendly positions, which is a far cry than the last presidential election.

Seattle Immigration Rally

Protestors flooded the Seattle streets and held up signs calling for immigration protections in a May Day parade. Some of the signs were simple, saying “stop deporting us,” “fair wages,” or “justice is for Everyone.” One man held up a sign that said “No Human Being is Illegal.” With bright signs, flags of various countries, and even dancers, the rally put on quite an impressive display for everyone to see.

The rally and march had a festive but earnest tone. Many expressed concerns about the deportations of their friends and relatives, especially the way that government policies have split families up. They advocated an expansion of DACA for more members of the immigrant community. “Not one more,” a common refrain at immigration rallies was a common message found throughout the crowd. 1

Seattle Immigration Lawyer’s Approach

Until Congress or the federal courts sort out many issues, a Seattle immigration attorney still faces great uncertainty on knowing how the terrain might change in the next two years. It is also difficult to know whether or not a Republican or Democrat in the White House would make it easier to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

With someone like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or Chris Christie—three prominent Republicans who have displayed support in the past for immigration reform—it might be easier to prod along a Republican-controlled Congress to support immigration reform. If Hillary Clinton were to take office, it is very possible that Republicans would be even more difficult to bring to the table for immigration reform. They would not want to hand the Democrats such a victory that would make them appear to be the champions of immigrants.

Many in the Republican Party are worried about the future, believing that a broad coalition is the best chance of maintaining relevance in the face of changing demographics. But the challenge is, and has been for quite some time, how to enlarge the party’s tent without alienating its base. Whether you’re a Seattle immigration attorney or somebody else, one of the only options left is to wait and see, but we’ve been doing that for quite some time now.


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