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Cross-Post: The Most Memorable Immigration Moments Of 2013

Imagine 2050 Staff • Dec 30, 2013

Originally posted on 12/28/2013 by VOXXI via Huffington Post | By Griselda Nevarez

Three Dreamers — Evelyn Rivera, Renata Teodora, and Carlos Padilla — traveled to Nogales, Ariz., where they were able to hug their mothers who stood on the Mexico side of the border. The reunion was part of United We Dream’s “Operation Butterfly,” a campaign calling for an end to the separation of families.

There was a wide consensus that 2013 would be the year Congress passed immigration reform legislation. Though that didn’t happen, momentum for immigration reform reached a new high.

A diverse coalition of business, faith and civil rights leaders came together to advocate for legislation that would reform the nation’s immigration system and offer undocumented immigrants a chance to become U.S. citizens. Together, they held a number of rallies, civil disobedience actions and hunger strikes hoping to move the issue forward.

VOXXI compiled a list of events that made a big impact in the immigration reform debate this year.

A look back at the top immigration reform events of 2013:

National Rally for Citizenship: Thousands of people from across the country descended to the National Mall in April to attend the year’s first major immigration reform rally dubbed “National Rally for Citizenship.” They called for legislation that would pave a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

A week after the rally, the bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” introduced their immigration reform bill that includes a 13-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and would allocate billions of dollars to secure the border. The Senate went on to approve the bill in June with a 68-to-32 vote, but it stalled in the House.

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