Taking a stand on US immigration

Activists open new front in battle for immigration reform.


  1. A recent study shows 63 per cent of Americans support legislation that would enable 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States to become citizens. In June, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would give undocumented immigrants temporary legal status within six months and a path to citizenship over a 13-year period. However, members of the House of Representatives remain divided on the issue, despite public support.
  2. According to the Public Religion Research Institute, public support for immigration reform has been steady since early 2013.  
  3. The immigration bill has been stuck in the House of Representatives since June. Most recently, Speaker of the House John Boehner told reporters that reform is 'absolutely not dead' but that a vote on the bill is not possible this year. 
  4. Boehner: House will not pass Senate immigration bill
  5. Some online expressed pessimism over the likelihood of immigration reform: 
  6. A recent report released shows that deportations under the Obama administration are set to reach 2 million by 2014. 
  7. Frustrated by the lack of progress, many ‘Dreamers’ are turning to more aggressive tactics. A series of protests, sit-ins, hunger strikes, and vigils have swept across several states. Proponents of the immigration bill from both the Republican and Democratic parties are concerned that further delays could push reform until at least 2014. Others are concerned that the 2016 presidential race would shift the focus away from immigration reform bill. 
  8. In the video below, undocumented immigrants calling on the president to put a halt on deportation handcuff themselves to the White House fence: 
  9. Arrestados en un acto de desobediencia civil frente a la casa blanca: Ni una deportación más.
  10. Below are photos of reform advocates who staged acts of civil disobedience in three US states: Missouri, Indiana and Minnesota.
  11. Other activists in Washington, D.C. decided to show their support by fasting: 
  12. The immigration reform bill has been supported by Facebook founder Marck Zuckerberg, who called it "one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time".
  13. Below is a video from FWD.us, an organisation launched by Zuckerberg to pressure American politicians to act: