Pushing for immigration reform

By Justin Andrews
By Matt Hicks

Pushing for immigration reform

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 1:29 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thousands of people rallied across the nation Wednesday, calling for action from Washington lawmakers on immigration reform.

Ralliers want leaders to create a path to citizenship for the millions of people currently in the country illegally.

The issue even prompted a discussion at Binghamton University.

One participant who came here from Haiti when she was just 5 years old said it's important to provide opportunities for an education, especially for those who may not have those opportunities in their home countries.

"I actually took my LPN in high school. Some girl in my class, she wasn't able to continue and take the boards because she wasn't documented," said junior Militade Delille.

One professor said the U.S. would be losing out if it shut the door on some of the talent that has come in from other countries.

"I think as a country we would be foolish not to have as citizens people who have an advanced degree, who could contribute to our economy. They're actually the easy cases in terms of granting a path to citizenship," said professor David Cingranelli.

Officials have planned a community organization meeting to discuss the topic of immigration reform at 6 p.m. on April 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton.

The event will feature special guest speaker Barrie Gewanter from the New York Civil Liberties Union.