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Marchers Gather in Orlando on their Way to Washington, D.C.

Their Message to Senator Marco Rubio and President Obama:
Justice for the Country’s Immigrants


What  :   Beginning of the Forward-With-Your-Promise Caravan
When :  January 3rd , 2012, 11:00 AM
Where:  Orlando City Hall, One City Commons,
400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

Orlando, FL – On Wednesday, January 3rd, at 11:00 AM, the immigrants’ rights advocates and their supporters will kick off a 1,000 mile Caravan from Central Florida to Washington, D. C.

Marchers began crawling on their knees from Sebring, FL in September 2011. Now, the marchers are standing up, going to the nation’s capital.  This country’s immigration system is broken.  The marchers are asking Senator Rubio and President Obama to take leadership on true immigration reform, with papers, with a green card.

The Forward-With-Your-Promise Caravan evolved from the Knee-A-Thon Pilgrimage. In 2011, Santos de La Rosa began a Knee-A-Thon Pilgrimage Sebring, Florida.  Santos de la Rosa and Immigration Information Advocates, Inc., exposed the pain of families separated by Obama’s deportation and detention policies.

The Caravan will reach Washington, DC, on January 20th , 2012, in time for the Inauguration.  The Caravan will hold President Obama accountable to his 2008 promise to pass a comprehensive immigration reform, with a pathway to citizenship, during his first term.

The Centro Campesino Farmworkers Ministry, Farmworker Association of Florida, Farmworkers Self-Help, , Redlands Christian Migrant Association, WeCount!, and  Young American Dreamers – have joined forces with de la Rosa, breathing new life into the Knee-A-Thon.  The Caravan expects to make stops in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia.  (For a summary of the Caravan’s itinerary, see  http://goo.gl/maps/NYHua )

“I lay awake at night and think of the mothers separated from their sons and daughters, the children who cry at night because their parents are gone, and, tragically, the children in state or foster care, all because of an immigration system that has failed them,” said Santos de la Rosa.  “How can our nation sleep peacefully at night, until we have stopped the hurt and fixed this devastating problem that is breaking hearts and tearing families apart?”

For more information about the Forward-With-Your-Promise, please check the web site at www.forwardwithyourpromise.com or contact Daniel Barajas at (863) 614-3953.