We Demand Immigration Reform Now

We Demand Immigration Reform Now
This demonstration in support of HR 1511 was held in Clovis on Sept. 1, 2023

Demanding “Immigration Reform Now” demonstrations were held in Clovis and Bakersfield at the offices of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield). These rallies were held in support of HR 1511 and called on the Speaker to bring meaningful immigration reform to the floor for a vote.

The rally took place in front of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s office in Clovis.  The plan was to hand in petitions in support of HR 1511, but the office was locked down and nobody would open the door. All photos by Mike Rhodes.

What is HR 1511? In an article in The Nation, David Bacon explained the importance of HR 1511:

“Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929,” is breathtaking in its simplicity. It just changes a date: January 1, 1972. Today, anyone who entered the US without a visa before that date can apply for legal permanent residence—the “green card.” After five years as a legal resident, this person can then apply for US citizenship. This registry process is contained in Section 249 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the date has been changed four times—from 1921 to 1924, 1940, 1948, and finally 1972. To read the entire article click here:

There were more than 50 people outside House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Clovis office to demand immigration reform now.

Organizations participating in this event included Poder Latinx, Lidres Campesinas, Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the United Farm Workers (UFW). For a complete list, see the event flyer below.

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Learn more about immigrant rights and related activities in the San Joaquin Valley.
Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)


  • Mike Rhodes

    Mike Rhodes is the executive director of the Community Alliance, was the editor of this newspaper from 1998 to 2014 and the author of several books. Contact him at mikerhodes@fresnoalliance.com.

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