Immigration Rallies Scheduled For Saturday
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Omaha, NE- Immigration, it's an issue that divides many Americans and Omaha is no exception. This weekend, both sides will voice their opinions in two separate rallies downtown.
Immigration legislation has all bus halted in Washington thanks to the government shutdown. Supporters say they're hopeful something will be done by the end of the year. Opponents say they will do everything they can to block the vote.
Immigration rallies are happening all across the country this month. A rally in Washington D.C. Ended with the arrests of eight House members. They were arrested for civil disobedience and charged with "crowding, obstructing, and incommoding" near the Capitol.
"Study after study has shown that if you do comprehensive immigration reform right you can unleash this growing community, the brain power behind it, the buying power behind it and do well for local communities like omaha and the country in general." says Mayor Julian Castro.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro spoke in Omaha Friday morning to Union Pacific Railroads Latino Employee Network. He says while the push for immigration reform has cooled in Congress, the energy is still there.
"My hope is that the House will take that and they may have to tweak it a bit but hopefully they'll pass that and there would be a conference committee to work out any differences." says Mayor Castro.
But not everyone sees it that way. The Nebraskans Advisory Group plans a counter-protest at 10th and Farnam Saturday.
"We plan on having it be very peaceful and we plan on being there to let the pro amnesty people know what they are doing is unacceptable," says Susan Smith.
Susan Smith, founder of NAG, says immigration reform would have a negative effect on the community with some illegal immigrants taking jobs away from legal citizens.
"You can see the economic burden and financial burden it would place on nebraska citizens and legal immigrants." says Smith.
For Latino's, like Trisha Ponce, who's vice president of U-P's Latino Employee Network, the time is right for reform.
"I think because the latino community is growing, it's the fastest growing, I think it's something that definitely needs to be brought to the forefront and needs to be discussed." says Ponce.
The immigration rally will begin Saturday at 3 on the corner of 10th and Pacific. They will march to the Heartland of American Park.
Anti-immigration protesters will be at 10th and Farnam beginning at 2:45.