On Saturday, October 5, 2013, promptly at 10 am began the march for the dignity and respect of immigrants, in order to demand that the U.S. government pass a comprehensive immigration reform to regularize the immigration status of 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.
At the same time, called for implementation of a plan B, which proposes that the White House to extend administrative relief – essentially offering the federal deferred action program to a larger number of immigrants. Currently it targets young immigrants under 30. Deferred action wouldn’t legalize their status per se, but it would let them temporarily live and work in the U.S. legally with protection from deportation.
This plan B would be a temporary preventative measure during the time in which the Senators, Representatives and the President can finally agree to sign a comprehensive immigration reform policy to grant citizenship to qualified applicants.
The march at the cities capitol in downtown Atlanta, Georgia brought out more than 2,500 dedicated supporters and was attended by several speakers, Pedro Marin, Representative District 96, Adelina Nicholls GLAHR, Jerry Gonzánlez of GALEO, America Gruner of CLILA, as well as Principal Member and Founder of The Shirazi Law Group Amna Shirazi, among many other community leaders and religious groups.
Amna Shirazi – “It was nice having walked in the march asking our government to grant the righteous immigration status for the millions and millions of immigrants who have nurtured this country with there work and dedication”.
The marching and chanting for change were part of the nationally coordinated effort called The National Day of Dignity and Respect. Rallies were also held at more than 150 other sites in 40 states Saturday.