In the name of the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Norristown residents and their supporters will hold a vigil for immigration reform and an end to deportation on Monday, Sept. 9, in Norristown, according to a release from JUNTOS of Norristown and New Sanctuary Movement.
The vigil, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the lot outside of 354 West Elm Street in Norristown, coincides with the US house delegates’ return to Washington, DC on the same day. The participants mean to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy.
“We have a dream too,” said Carmen Guerrero, a longtime community leader and member of recently approved JUNTOS committee in Norristown, in the release. "We come to Pennsylvania to make a better life for ourselves and our families. We work, pay taxes and make Pennsylvania's economy stronger.”
Ana Santoyo, a Mexican-American community volunteer, wants to bring immigrant and US workers to join forces to back immigration reform that brings a more workable living wage, as well as change the nation’s policies like CAFTA, NAFTA, and the ‘wars’ on drugs and terror, which, according to the release, harm the country’s economy, force migration, and create refugees.