Activists Pressure Feinstein to Support Family-Based Immigration

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 WEST HOLLYWOOD – Dozens of immigration reform activists rallied in front of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) office Thursday pressuring her to protect and support family-based immigration.

Wearing only one shoe as a symbol of how families are separated, activists sent delegations to speak to Feinstein’s staff and held a press conference in front of her office criticizing the 79-year-old senator for questioning the importance of family-based immigration during last month’s Senate Judiciary hearing.

“She was the only Democrat to not speak kindly on immigration reform and say that she wondered why [immigrant] families need to bring their grandfather or sister [here to the US],” said Xiomara Corpeño, director of organizing for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

The rally comes at a time when reports and leaks coming out of Washington reveal that the “Gang of Eight” senators drafting the immigration reform proposal may dramatically limit the number of green cards available for extended families in favor of more employment-based visas.

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), one of the Republican leaders working on the bill, told media that there is a strong possibility that he and his colleagues are considering limiting the number of family-based visas. Read more here.