By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania organizations are holding a joint press conference this morning to announce a new statewide campaign for fair and humane immigration reform.READ MORE: Some Philadelphia Residents Facing Fines For Piled Up Curbside Trash As Pickups Delayed
Pennsylvania United for Immigration reform includes a diverse group of immigration advocates, unions and community groups from across the state, that have united to ensure the voices of undocumenteds in Pennsylvania are heard.
“We know that the immigrant community is increasing. Philadelphia for instance has seen some dramatic increases.”READ MORE: Sixers Force Game 7 With Gritty Road Win Over Hawks
Natasha Keleman is Executive Director at the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, which is organizing the campaign. She says the new group will hold a number of events in coming months, culminating in a national mobilization effort in DC on April 10th.
“It’s really an opportunity for our group to state our position, as well as provide immigrant individuals and families who would be impacted by the reforms to tell their stories.”MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Dirt Bike-Riding Suspect In West Philadelphia Deadly Shooting
Keleman says the group supports more visas and a path to citizenship, but is wary about reforms that would break up families.