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Congressman Charles Rangel

Representing the 13th District of New York

Rangel Joins Thousands Rallying for Immigration Reform in Front of U.S. Capitol

April 11, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Charles B. Rangel joined Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04), Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Senate champion on immigration reform, his Democratic Colleagues from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC),  Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressional Asia-Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and thousands of immigration reform advocates who gathered in front of the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, on April 10th, 2013, to demand Congress to swiftly pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“I am proud to stand here today with my Colleagues and friends from so many organizations, such as the NAACP, SEIU, New York Immigration Coalition, America’s Voice, and so many people from across the country who have gathered today to express our solidarity with 11 million  hard working men and women who deserve a chance at becoming Americans,” said Rangel.

"It is amazing to see the level of enthusiasm and energy among the crowd, especially more than 2,000 New Yorkers who traveled to Washington in 35 buses to participate in this significant event to push for a bipartisan solution that will help unite families, protect workers, restore due process, meet our nation’s economic and labor needs, and—importantly--provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million people who too should have a shot at the American Dream."

As part of the National Week of Action for Citizenship, the April 10th Mobilization is a national movement to urge Congress to pass common-sense comprehensive immigration reform. Organized by America's Voice, the event attracted myriad of diverse organizations, including the NAACP, Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Greenpeace, United Farm Workers (UFW), and numerous advocacy groups from New York state, such as The New York Immigration Coalition, among many others.

"All these groups of different backgrounds, faith, and political thought have come here today, exercising their first amendment right to demand justice for those who are already making invaluable contributions in our communities. We need reform to bring them out of their shadows. Such a reform renews the promise of the American Dream for those currently denied and for those to come. Let Congress be reminded that we are a nation built on the sacrifice of immigrants,” added Rangel.