Local Students Skip School to Protest
About 150 students from Eisenhower High School staged a walkout this morning in protest of an immigration bill. The bill, currently being debated in the Senate, would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally, and impose new penalties on companies who employ illegal immigrants. The students walked over eight miles to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office to protest outside waving a Mexican flag.
According to Alexis Grant of the Houston Chronicle,
Senior Jesse Quintero, 18, said he and three friends organized the rally themselves, largely using the internet and phones to contact others.
Quintero said a larger rally is planned for Tuesday in downtown.
“I challenge all Latino and hispanic-descent people to come out with us tomorrow, to miss one day of work, because that will show the city of Houston, and everyone in the nation will see how badly this (proposed immigration restriction) will affect the country.”
I go back and forth about my feelings on immigration and the previously proposed guest worker program and am very interested in any opinions on the subject that anyone is willing to share. Thoughts anyone?
Read Grant’s article in its entirety here.
UPDATE: Read about the specifics of the bill as it passed in the House here.