Peaceful immigration demonstration turns political

July 17, 2013 • Local News

Supporters of immigration reform rally outside the offices of Congressman Steve Pearce, Wednesday afternoon. (Mark Wilson Photo)

A peaceful demonstration held by local immigration reform activists at the Roswell office of Congressman Steve Pearce turned political Wednesday when his Democrat opponent from Alamogordo joined the effort.

The event was billed by its organizers as a way to educate Pearce about the reality of immigrants’ lives so he could better make decisions on the issue.

But Congressional candidate Leslie Endean-Singh’s attendance turned the rally’s peaceful appearance into a platform for those opposed to Republican policies to speak out.

Some 35 men, women and children grasped white roses and small American flags, and gathered under dark skies as rain sprinkled sporadically. They held homemade posters and chanted in Spanish, “Here we are! We’re going to stay!” and “Community United!”

The activists marched along busy West Second Street after 4 p.m., stopping for a short time to listen to the politically charged words from Endean-Singh and Lee Sides. Otherwise, they proudly waved their flags and held signs with the handwritten words: “No Human Illegal,” “Let’s go forward United,” “In Solidarity with 11 Million” and “Vote Yes for Citizenship.”

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One Response to Peaceful immigration demonstration turns political

  1. cwlange says:

    It is great to see Roswell’s Community leaders expressing the importance of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The US Congress has been dragging their heels on this much too long and causing families to suffer while they are playing political football. We are a country of immigrants, it is time for Congress to step up to the plate and make this happen.

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