More than a dozen immigrants and advocates gathered outside of Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office in Bakersfield this morning and called on him to support comprehensive immigration reform. The event marked the start of an 11-day push for immigration reform, in honor of the estimated 11 million undocumented people in the country.
“We want our congressional representative to pass comprehensive immigration reform, with a path to citizenship, now!” said Camila Chavez, executive director of the Dolores Huerta Foundation
Chavez was among those calling on the Majority Whip to schedule a vote on the issue. Advocates are ramping up the pressure on McCarthy, because they say he has the power to move immigration reform through the House of Representatives.
“We demand a vote on citizenship now, and for the next 11 days we are going to be in your district registering voters, talking to voters about where you stand, we’re going to be praying and fasting, and more importantly, we’re going to be acting,” said Arnulfo de la Cruz, California director of Mi Familia Vota.
During this morning’s event, advocates left huge rubber ducks outside of McCarthy’s office doors, which were closed. They encouraged him not to “duck and hide” from an immigration vote. He did not address the group during the event.
Advocates say they will continue to gather outside his office daily, until December 13, the last day Congress is in session.
This latest movement follows a full-day protest and sit-in, in support of immigration reform, that was staged at McCarthy’s office last month. Advocates say they’ve held about 50 events in support of immigration reform in his district this year. Their effort comes as leaders gather and fast in Washington, D.C. to call attention to the issue.