INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY CELEBRATION

Day laborers, immigration activists, and allies gathered on Saturday, December 19th at the Day Laborer Center to celebrate International Migrants Day. Attendees participated in and observed a theater piece about the paradox existing between the open borders to trade goods, while the same borders are closed to those who want to emigrate from Mexico and other countries.

Photo Taken by Douglas Yarrow

Photo Taken by Douglas Yarrow

Participants also enjoyed poetry, traditional Guatemalan dancing, and some entertainment from some of the children in attendance.

The celebration also presented an opportunity to share the history of immigration and immigration reform, and to address what is currently on the table in relation to the immigration reform bill proposed by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez. The bill is not perceived to be of benefit to many migrants, thus VOZ will be lobbying representatives in Congress to ensure that reform is fair and humane, and that it benefits all migrants.