Nearly 100 residents welcomed a group of immigration reform activists in Madera with a dinner, song and dance performances and speeches at Courthouse Park.
The group of 11 “pilgrims” set out from Sacramento on Aug. 12 on a 285-mile journey calling for a change in immigration law, specifically a package that would allow the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without a legal status a pathway to citizenship.
Comprised of religious leaders, students, professors and others, the group is headed down the Valley to Bakersfield, where their final destination is the office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) to ask him to take a public stand in favor of immigration reform during Labor Day weekend. Organizers say House Majority Whip McCarthy is key to an overhaul in the nation’s immigration laws.
The pilgrims have been largely welcomed in Valley towns along their trek, both by the public and lawmakers who they’ve met with, said Adriana Flores, a pilgrim from Merced, at Thursday’s gathering...