Immigration Reform Rally Held Monday Morning

Immigrant groups held a rally in San Francisco today to vocalize their dissatisfaction with how the Democratic Party has handled immigration reform.

The Immigrant Youth Coalition partnered with the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance for a rally this morning in front of the San Francisco Federal Building on Seventh Street.

Organizer Sandy Valenciano read excerpts from a letter prepared for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, that raised concerns over the lack of initiative to reform immigration policies and cited the increasing number of deportations each year.

“We have a humanitarian crisis on our hands and it’s not being treated as such,” organizer Blanca Vazquez said at the rally.

Other participants suggested that community members could participate by calling staff members of Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein and expressing their concerns.

A separate rally by immigrant advocates is also taking place this afternoon on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.

The Chinese Progressive Association and other organizations will be rallying at 12:30 p.m. to raise awareness of two November ballot measures regarding raising the city’s minimum wage and an anti-speculation tax.

Supervisor Eric Mar will speak about low-wage immigrant workers being impacted by low wages and evictions in San Francisco, according to rally organizers.

Andrew Dickey, Bay City News

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