Immigration reform tour coming to LA

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), speaks in favor of national immigration reform at a rally on April 25, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), speaks in favor of national immigration reform at a rally on April 25, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. John Moore/Getty Images

Next week, immigration activists plan to take their nationwide tour to California, telling stories of US citizens whose undocumented relatives have been deported. The tour stops next weekend at a Catholic church in southwest Los Angeles.

The campaign is called “Change Takes Courage." It aims to put immigration reform back on Congress’ legislative agenda and to pressure the White House to change its enforcement rules.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez is leading the coast-to-coast tour. The Chicago Democrat wants the president to place priority on deporting criminals - not working members of mixed-status families he describes as “one busted tail light away” from arrest and deportation.

"For the 4 million US citizen children with undocumented parents, the fear of deportation family member is a daily reality," says Gutierrez.

The tour stops at St. Agatha Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on April 30.

Immigration activists plan a demonstration outside a fundraiser during President Obama’s one-day visit to Southern California on Thursday.

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