More than 500 people turned out in support of immigration reform Sunday at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park-and UFCW Local 655 was there helping to keep participants hydrated with free bottled water.
“As strong advocates of immigration reform and considering our diverse membership, it was important for us to show our support,” Secretary-Treasurer Dave Politte said.
One keynote speaker, Bob Soutier, president of the St. Louis Labor Council, said if immigration Supporters of Immigration Reform rally in Forest Park Local 655’s ‘Rainbow Connection’ reform passes, it will be the biggest decision of our generation.
The measure calls for pathways to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers currently living in the United States. It also potentially provides for a 13-year path to citizenship, a 10-year process for workers to receive a green card, a new visa program and new border security measures.
The bill is spearheaded by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” comprised of senators from both sides of the aisle.