The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) quietly launched this week a second batch of immigrant stories, part of an immigration reform effort entitled "Imagine Green" (Imag?¡nate Con La Verde in Spanish), using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The stories are about every-day immigrants, workers, students, moms, advocates, street vendors, bus riders, grandmas, and children, and each shows a picture of an undocumented immigrant or someone impacted by the lack of immigration reform holding a large blow-up of a Permanent Resident Card or "green card" as it is commonly known.
"We want to show Americans what we are talking about when we say 'immigration reform' and a 'path to citizenship'," said Angelica Salas, executive director for CHIRLA. "What we mean by immigration reform is a permanent resident card to make our dreams come true in America. We do not want to jump any lines, we do not want preferential treatment, or a special path anywhere. Immigrants today want the same opportunity millions of other immigrants who came to the U.S. before them had, and that starts with a green card."
"Why Republicans in Congress want to make this piece of paper a political football, it's beyond humane, political suicide, and un-American. In the meantime, millions of families and countless communities across the country are suffering the consequences of inaction by President Obama, Democrats, and Republicans," added Ms. Salas.
The #ImagineGreen and #ImaginateConLaVerde tags will be used to identify the pictures and stories which will be uploaded every Monday. The public is invited to LIKE and SHARE each story and to send their Congressional Representative a copy.