Northwest Bakersfield

Immigration advocates: Caravans from 7 cities to converge on McCarthy's office

Immigration advocates: Caravans from 7 cities to converge on McCarthy's office
People in favor of immigration reform rally Wednesday, July 3, 2013, outside the Bakersfield, Calif., office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Immigration reform advocates from around the state say they'll converge on a powerful Bakersfield congressman's office Wednesday in a show of force for change.

The California Labor Federation says more than 1,000 workers and immigration activists will caravan from Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Fresno, Salinas, Modesto and Sacramento to rally at Rep. Kevin McCarthy's office.

People in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, specifically those looking to help immigrants with a path to citizenship, have made a habit lately of protesting outside McCarthy's office. McCarthy is a Republican and the majority whip.

The protesters Wednesday will "call on the influential GOP lawmaker to move the Republican leadership and allow a vote on immigration reform," according to CLF, which is made up of more than 1,200 unions.

Once each caravan arrives in Bakersfield, they say they'll meet at 10 a.m. at the Target store at 1300 Wible Road, caravan through the streets of the city starting at 11, rally at noon at Yokuts Park, and march at 1 p.m. to McCarthy's office at 4100 Empire Drive.

McCarthy has remained mum for the most part on his stance on immigration reform. District director Vince Fong sent Eyewitness News the following statement last month from McCarthy:

"Rather than take up the legislation rushed through the Senate, House committees will continue their work on a step-by-step, common-sense approach to fixing what has long been a broken immigration system. The American people want our border secured, our laws enforced, and the problems in our immigration system fixed to strengthen our economy. We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws. You have to consider both principles when addressing our broken immigration system. Throughout history, our country has been made better by the contributions of immigrants. We must secure our borders as a first step in developing a long-term, realistic and enforceable solution.  Congress will continue to thoroughly review all proposals as we work to restore faith in our immigration system."