DREAMers One Of Many Groups Marching For Equality

Jan 22, 2013

Across the country, people marched  in memory of doctor Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for civil rights. San Antonio is believed to have one of the largest marches in the country and the fight for equality here is focused on the rights of African-Americans, and immigrants as well.

More than 100,000 people, including dozens of organizations, marched down San Antonio’s MLK drive in the predominately African-American east side. San Antonio as a whole is mostly Hispanic -- about 55 percent -- and has a large immigrant population.

The San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement, which was formed out of those who supported the Dream Act in 2010, marched to draw attention to young undocumented immigrants.

One member, 18-year-old Diego Dominguez, said the organization, along with United We Dream, wants to keep the President accountable for his immigration promises.

“He said during his campaign that he would push for immigration reform and that’s what were’ looking for,” Dominguez said.

He declared his undocumented status after the president announced deferred action initiative. There are an estimated 12,000 people in San Antonio who would benefit from the President's deferred action policy.

Another member of the group, Kimberly Rendon, said the rights are part of the bigger movement.

“People don’t necessarily associate immigration as a social justice issue and I think that we all need to be aware all in this together and that we need to be treated equally and have the same rights as everyone else," she said.

The organization plans on holding workshops on how to apply for deferred action.