So it finally happened. After many signs and letters and hopes and prayers, Rep. Joe Heck (R-Henderson) personally came down yesterday to meet with grassroots activists calling for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). He listened to their stories... And he even prayed with the group before returning inside.
However, that wasn't all. Shortly after that, Culinary 226 and Nevada AFL-CIO workers, along with community activists from PLAN and ProgressNow Nevada, joined the DREAM Big Vegas crew in Pebble Park to make a second trip to Rep. Heck's Henderson area office and demand a House vote for CIR.
Culinary's Yvanna Cancela fired up the crowd at the park...
And then, the group prayed together before making the big walk.
Finally, everyone crossed the street and marched together in solidarity.
But because the manager of the complex was trying to rent vacant offices there, only groups of four were allowed inside one group at a time. The rest had to wait outside. They had to wait outside, in the back of the building, under the hot August sun.
And yet, they all waited. They waited to file inside, turn in "constituent comment forms", and let Rep. Heck's office know that Nevada families from all walks of life want Congress to finish the job on immigration reform.
All it takes is a floor vote. Rep. Heck and other House Republicans need to be willing to join a bipartisan call for a floor vote. Will they?
At least now, it's on record that real NV-03 constituents want one.