Norristown will find itself to be a platform for immigration reform today, Aug. 21, when immigrants, union members, faith leaders, and DREAMers will gather at Los Potrillos Taqueria at 12 p.m. on West Elm Street, to rally, and then travel to the congressional offices of Congressmen Patrick Meehan (Blue Bell) and Jim Gerlach (Trappe), according to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
DREAMers are the young, undocumented immigrants who wish to
be involved in an immigration amnesty program.
According to the SEIU, the activists will focus on new data from an American Action Network report that suggests that the current Senate immigration bill would create 12,416 new jobs in Meehan’s district and 13,033 new jobs in Gerlach’s district.
Montgomery county’s unemployment rate as of June was 6.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, under the U.S. Department of Labor.
Advocates for immigration are calling for the U.S. House of Representatives to proceed with a bill that would create a path for citizenship and create jobs, according to SEIU.
This rally follows an April 6 immigration reform march in Norristown, where SEIU and immigration reform supporters called for support for legislation that includes a path to citizenship.
Since then, the Senate passed immigration reform with a path to citizenship.