Sonoma County immigrant groups to march on Sunday to advocate for a path to citizenship


Two local groups are sponsoring a 12-mile walk from Santa Rosa to Healdsburg on Sunday to support a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants.

The Santa Rosa-based VIDA Committee, which describes itself as a volunteer action group in defense of immigrants, and ALMAS, the project to organize domestic workers at Centro Laboral de Graton, joined together to sponsor the march.

“Immigrants to Sonoma County will travel 12 miles for the 12 million undocumented migrants waiting for Congress to act on the path to citizenship, continuing to demand that the supervisory board advocate for a path to citizenship “said a press release on the event.

Aztec dancers will animate the march.

The two groups and their allies are pushing county supervisors to pass a resolution to shift a path to citizenship for those in the undocumented country, which is included in the congressional budget bill. They also want the board to support health and safety initiatives that protect immigrant workers from COVID and future wildfires, they said.

Sunday’s walk begins at 9 a.m. at Tom Schopflin Fields, 4351 Old Redwood Highway in Santa Rosa. It will end around 2 p.m. at the Healdsburg Plaza with an outdoor community festival, complete with music and speakers.

“It’s time for our county to pass the community resolution, which commits the county to upholding the dignity and well-being of its immigrant communities as Congress moves closer to the path of citizenship,” said Luis Well done, head of the VIDA committee.

Bravo said the VIDA committee hosted an event about a month ago and four of the five county supervisors (James Gore was absent) attended. Supervisors received the resolution and “they said all the right things,” Bravo said. It has since been reviewed by the county, led by Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, he said.

“We don’t necessarily think they have a strong influence over senators, but we think we need to put pressure on these local officials to exert light pressure on these senators and members of Congress,” said Well done.

The resolution they seek also includes support for the passage of Assembly Bill 937, which would ban transfers from California jails and prisons to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bill Senate Bill 321, which would provide health and safety protections for domestic workers and day laborers.

Bravo said 8 million of the 12 million undocumented US residents would be helped by federal law, including those supported by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, essential workers, farm workers and those covered. through the TPS, or Temporary Protected Status Program. .

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