On March 21, a crowd of more than 250,000 rallied on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to urge President Obama and members of Congress to take up the issue of immigration reform this year. The rally was the largest of the Obama era and has catapulted the issue into the headlines and into discussions of what big issue the President and Congress plan to tackle next.
Why did a broad coalition of community-based organizations, businesses, labor unions, faith leaders, and others take buses thousands of miles from more than 30 states? Was it in response to the raids that have torn families apart or the arcane visa system that leaves legal immigrants waiting for upward of 25 years to be reunited with their family members? Was it the detention and deportation system and its inhumane conditions that have resulted in more than 100 deaths, or the same system's complete disregard for due process and the order of law that all Americans hold dear? Was it to call an end to the two-tiered labor system that leaves all workers and families vulnerable without a pathway to protection and prosperity?
The answer is not an easy one. The immigration system in our country is so broken that you cannot point to a single area for repair