More than 200 people on Tuesday demonstrated in front of the state Republican Party headquarters in Burbank to demand that the U.S. House of Representatives take up a package of immigration reform measures recently passed in the Senate.
"The ball is in their court, they can fail to have this debate, or they can consider it," said Angelica Salas, chairwoman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA. "What this country deserves and this community deserves are options."
The demonstration, organized by CHIRLA, came on the heels of a special conference on immigration planned by House Republicans for Wednesday.
Immigration reform advocates are pushing Republicans, who control the House, to take up the immigration reform bill that was hammered out by a bipartisan coalition in the Senate, known as the "gang of eight."
That bill, which passed the Senate on a 68-32 vote two weeks ago, includes a 13-year path to citizenship for immigrants here without legal status — something opposed by many Republican representatives. But some Republicans say they are hoping other provisions in the bill — such as bolstered border security — will entice rank-and-file members.