By Molly Daly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Members of the Service Employees International Union held an immigration reform rally Saturday afternoon in LOVE Park.
As tourists posed with the iconic LOVE sculpture, about 50 SEIU members gathered to show their love for the Senate’s landmark immigration reform bill, which provides a path to citizenship for eleven million undocumented immigrants, overhauls the immigration system and beefs up border security.
The union’s Daisy Cruz says the effort’s intended to send a message to Congress, not to amend the bill into oblivion:
“Right now, the way the bill is right now, it’s not perfect, but it’s a bill we can work with for the future.”
Angel Castro says the bill faces hurdles in the House, but he’s optimistic:
“I think this is gonna pass. It’s a good thing for the United States, and it’s a good thing for everybody. And I don’t think anybody’s gonna lose out of this.”
Castro adds the United States is a nation of immigrants:
“This country was built on the labors of people that came from other countries, why can’t we give other people a chance?”
The rally was part of a national push by the SEIU, timed to coincide with the debate on the bipartisan legislation.