SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Hundreds of activists for immigration reform rallied Saturday at an Ohio office of House Speaker John Boehner to urge his support for a plan that includes a path to U.S. citizenship.
Civil rights activists, labor leaders, religious leaders and others want Boehner to push for immigration changes that include a path for citizenship that they say will help the economy and families.
Boehner and other Republican leaders in the House have been trying to decide how to move forward on immigration after the Senate passed a comprehensive bill that included a path to citizenship for 11 million people already in the country illegally.
The rally drew people from the local area and from out of town, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
We’re here to ensure that pathway to citizenship is part of a bill that emerges and gets voted on quickly, the Rev. Troy Jackson, director of Ohio Prophetic Voices, told the crowd.
Ester Arteaga, 41, of Louisville, Ky., also attended the rally.
Arteaga, a U.S. citizen naturalized from Guatemala two years ago, said she attended in an effort to help ease the path for others who want to live peacefully and work in America.
Some Republicans have favored a narrower path to citizenship. Boehner is among those who have embraced legislation to offer citizenship to some immigrants brought here illegally as children by their parents. Opponents of that plan have said it would split families.
A message seeking comment was left at Boehner’s Washington office on Saturday.