Immigration bill supporters form human chain

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Members of the West Michigan Hispanic community formed a human chain at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids Saturday.

Saturday marks one year since the Immigration Reform Bill passed the Senate with bi-partisan support, but the bill is stuck in the House of Representatives.

The Calder Plaza rally was part of a national day of action with event in several cities across the country. Michigan United organized immigration rallies in Detroit, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.

Around 50 people participated in the human chain at Calder Plaza. There were some who held signs reading “Stop separating families” They claim 1,200 families are being separated each day in the U.S., leaving 17 million children orphaned or in foster care.

The organizers say the biggest misconception with the Immigration Reform Bill is that illegal immigrants will receive a free pass to stay in the country.

“It is not amnesty because they’re going to have to pay a fine. It is not free for everybody they have fines and have to meet certain requirements in order to stay in the country. So it is not an amnesty,” said Guadalupe Grau, an organizer at the rally.

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