In the latest chapter of immigration reform, Bay Area leaders – including Supervisor David Campos – are planning a trip the nation’s capital on Wednesday, hoping to make a local push for Congress to move forward on this issue.
"We want relief, reform and respect for our families," was the rallying cry this morning from Eric Quezada, of the San Francisco Bay Area Coalition for Immigration Reform.
The Bay Area delegation of political, community and religious leaders from The City will arrive in Washington, D.C., where they are expected join about 500 other leaders from throughout the country.
"We will be demanding that Congress move on this," Quezada said, adding that about 1,100 people are deported from the U.S. daily.
Campos has taken a strong lead in local immigration issues, including reforming San Francisco’s controversial Sanctuary City policy. He, along with Sheriff Michael Hennessey have attempted to exempt San Francisco from a new federal program that shares the fingerprints of arrestees with immigration authorities.
Campos said these local "disagreements" on immigration policy "will continue unless something happens in Washington, D.C."