Images: Supporters of immigration reform march
Nearly 1,000 protesters took to the streets Sunday in Oxnard to encourage lawmakers to pass an immigration overhaul that would make legal residents of 11 million immigrants living in the United States, including an estimated 71,000 in Ventura County.
- “If it wasn’t for immigrants in this country, there wouldn’t be an agricultural industry today. Without the skills and the professional workmanship of immigrant farmworkers today — that unfortunately don’t have papers — we wouldn’t have the fruits and vegetables on our tables that are grown here in the United States.” – Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers of America president
- “I’m hopeful that when a bill comes forward it will be one that everyone can agree upon. The immigrants who are here are really a backbone of our economy. We need them out of the shadows and being responsible, taxpaying citizens. ... That sentiment is really taking place certainly in Washington and across the country.” – U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley
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