Local/Regional News
4:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Protests In Lexington, Around The Nation Push For Immigration Reform

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Supporters of immigration reform gathered at Lexington’s Triangle Park Wednesday as part of a nationwide push to urge Congress and the president to move forward with legislation to improve the legal status of undocumented immigrants and their families.

Some drivers passing by Triangle Square honked their horns and waved at the demonstrators occupying the corner of the park. On stage, activist and organizer Freddie Peralta drummed up enthusiasm with periodic chants in English and Spanish before a crowd of about 150 people.

"Si se peude! Yes we can!" was the refrain.

Peralta said the rally, commemorating a round of national demonstrations held in 2006, had a renewed sense of urgency, as a bipartisan group of senators in Washington known as the "Gang of Eight" works toward a bill. The Latino community, he said, made their statement last November at the ballot box.   

"And 71 percent of them voted for President Obama. They sent a message to the president. They sent a message to the Republicans and they got the memo. They got it," he says.

Rally for Citizenship organizers in Washington D.C. say they expect tens of thousands to protest at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon and evening.