Sept. 22, 2004 – As part of a "National Week of Action," immigrantsâ€™ rights advocates marched on Capitol Hill yesterday to push for immigration legislation. This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in which over 1,000 workers and activists rode buses to Washington DC to talk with lawmakers.
Yesterdayâ€™s rally focused on several bills pending in Congress, including the Agricultural Job, Opportunity, Benefits and Security Act (AgJOBS), which would grant legal status to undocumented workers who have met certain requirements, and the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would help the children of undocumented parents gain access to higher education.
In Atlanta, hundreds of Latinos rallied last Thursday in support of the state granting illegal immigrants driverâ€™s licenses. Proponents say the licensing would help illegal immigrants to buy auto insurance, protecting all drivers in case of accident.