Dozen Detained at Immigration Protest, Including Pasco Woman
A dozen people seeking immigration reform were detained at a protest in Spokane on Wednesday, including a woman from Pasco.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A dozen people seeking immigration reform were detained at a protest in Spokane on Wednesday, including a woman from Pasco.
The protestors met outside the office of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, demanding the U.S. House pass comprehensive immigration reform. The 12 people were members of One America, a national group.
The protest was aimed at McMorris Rodgers, the third-ranking member of the GOP, and at House Speaker John Boehner.
Protesters say Boehner is blocking legislation passed by the Senate that would beef up border security and create a new program for undocumented residents to apply for legal status.
"I'm doing this in support of children who go to school everyday not knowing if their parents will be home when they get out of school, or they will be snatched up by immigration. I have been one of those kids always with a fear of not knowing when I get home from school my mom will greet me with homemade food. Also I do it for friends I went to school with who worked hard, said the pledge of allegiance, and graduated high school with good grades but now can't go to college or get a job because they don't have papers. We want Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to support and act on immigration reform and for the House of Representatives to respect the will of the people and bring it to an honest vote and not bury it," said Stephanie Funetes, 18, of Pasco.