Washington, October 7 (RHC)-- Rallies took place in more than 150 cities across the U.S. over the weekend in an effort to restart the push for comprehensive immigration reform led by a group of bi-partisan lawmakers earlier this year.
Organizers of the "Day of Dignity and Respect" events in cities from New York to Los Angeles hope to draw fresh attention to an issue that was at the forefront of the national dialogue in July when the Senate passed an immigration bill that would have included a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented individuals in the U.S., but House Republicans have refused to put to a vote.
Meanwhile, Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a similar measure last Thursday, which will likely also face opposition from House Republicans, many of whom refuse to support anything that could be perceived as "amnesty" for individuals who broke immigration laws to get to the United States.
Some of those who took part in the protests said their personal stories have been what has compelled them to take an active role in trying to make their voices heard and see meaningful legislation that would change their lives and the lives of their families by bringing stability that can come with citizenship.
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