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Children's March & Rally for Immigration Reform today in Salem

Today at noon the rally will gather for a Children's March & Rally for Immigration Reform at the Oregon State Capitol.

File image of a previous Salem rally by Bonnie King
File image of a previous Salem rally by Bonnie King

(SALEM, Ore.) - Over the last several months, immigration restrictionists and right-wing politicians in Congress have been calling for a change in the 14th Amendment eliminating citizenship to babies born on United States soil. Instead of promoting immigration reform that would overhaul a severely flawed and broken system, they see it politically opportune to deny citizenship and promote deportation of infants and children.

The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution states that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. That no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

This is just one of the latest stunts being promoted by extremists to avoid dealing with an important national issue that needs a federal response. Much like passage of Arizona's Racial Profiling Law SB1070, the build-up of troops on the U.S.-Mexico border and the variety of failed enforcement-only policies promoted by the far-right, these wrong headed and misguided schemes are just dividing families and delaying the benefit real reform would bring to our country.

Last week, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the United States Senate. The legislation, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S. 3932), is a tough, fair, and practical solution that will deal with our nation's broken immigration system.  There is now immigration reform legislation is both houses of U.S. Congress.

Today at noon, we will gather for a Children's March & Rally for Immigration Reform at the Oregon State Capitol where children will call on Federal and State Legislators to:

Respect the 14th Amendment. Do not take away our children's citizenship.

Stop dividing families

Keep racial profiling laws like SB1070 out of Oregon

Stop local law enforcement from doing the job of ICE. Our State Police, County Sheriff and City Police belong to our communities, not the federal government.

Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW!

Children's March & Rally for Immigration Reform
October 9, 2010 12:00 noon
Oregon State Capitol Front Steps
900 Court St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

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Anonymous October 20, 2010 7:44 am (Pacific time)

Of course i can see that there's a lot of haters here, but immigrants are coming here for a reason. If you're an immigrant, i bet u that u would want to come to the US for a better life right? How would u feel if all these people will be yelling and complaining about u coming to their country just because ur an immigrant who just wanted to find a better life? Think about it.

SJ hater October 11, 2010 11:57 am (Pacific time)

Wow looks like some scum form the statesman journal posted here. Eww it stinks around here now.

Anonymous October 9, 2010 9:16 pm (Pacific time)

Send them back, together with their parents. There will be NO rewards for breaking laws.

pistol pete October 9, 2010 8:26 pm (Pacific time)

cool it buddy ... stop crying wolf ! i heard you're this whining b4 i dont think all of what this ppl do is as bad your paint them to be they sort them out keep the good one and send bad ones out this .. we have to reform to have register get the finger printed ID'd and keep some boot out the bad one..

Anonymous October 9, 2010 3:28 pm (Pacific time)

Enough is enough. DEPORT! Send them home, all of them. We can't afford these people anymore. They rape this Government every day and what do we get from these people? Crimes, nothing else. Stop this nonsense. Keep the families together and send them back from where they came from. And who is paying for the March? The taxpayer off course. Just like for everything else.

Editor: That's a real nice show of humanity there anonymous, pretty disgusting in my book.  .  

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