Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Service Employees Make Calls for Immigration Reform

Service employees across the nation have pledged to make one million phone calls for immigration reform.

Members of the Service Employees International Union made calls to Congress Tuesday in an effort to help pass a law on immigration reform.

If passed, the law would include a pathway to citizenship.

Union members in California, Texas, New York and Colorado vowed to make one million phone calls for the cause.

"We are also calling our senators across the country," reform organizer Citlalli Chavez said. "It comes down to votes, so we want to ensure that those congressional members pass that vote in support of a pathway to citizenship."

Senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties met earlier this week to draft a proposal of the legislation that could potentially grant legal status to 11 million undocumented workers in America.

"I personally am impacted by this directly," Chavez said. "I'm a dreamer, I qualified for Deferred Action, but my future is uncertain because it expires in two years."

Chavez said the passing of this legislation would mean everything to her and her family.

Anti-immigration groups in Southern California think this legislation would set America back on achieving proper immigration reform.

"This will not become legislation because Congress knows amnesty is not the remedy for our broken immigration system," nonprofit executive director Joe Wideman said. "It is an affront to law-abiding Americans, including legal immigrants who waited in line."

The SEIU said a draft of the legislation will be completed by the end of March.

Leave a comment

We've Moved!

By Sam Bergum
01/21/16 | 11:09 a.m. PST

Visit us at!

USC Basketball Knocks Off Rival UCLA 89- 75

By Scott Cook
01/14/16 | 12:05 a.m. PST

USC defeats UCLA with stellar play from their Freshmen. 

Holiday Bowl - USC vs Wisconsin Post-Game Press Conference

Su'a Cravens: "It's the players that need to step up"

Darreus Rogers: "It comes down to the players"

Trojans Fall to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl 23-21

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.