1:08 PM Eastern - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SEIU's Eliseo Medina joins historic Caravan for Citizenship; rallies outside GOP House Whip McCarthy's office #default

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With more than 345 cars and buses carrying more than 5,000 people, the largest caravan in California history roared into Bakersfield today to call on Republican House Whip Kevin McCarthy to push for a vote on commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship by September 30. Rep. McCarthy is the third highest-ranking Republican in the House.

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"We're here to tell Congressman McCarthy that the time is now to reform our broken immigration system and provide a path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans," said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina as he rallied union members and immigration activists earlier this morning.

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You can follow hashtag #caravan4citizenship on Twitter today for live updates from the rally.

"As a leader within the House Republican caucus, Congressman McCarthy has a responsibility to encourage his colleagues to move forward on commonsense immigration reform. He was elected to lead and fix problems that impact his constituents, not to avoid or perpetuate them. We expect more and hope he responds. But until he does, we will continue to remind him of his obligations."

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SEIU members from the California State Council, Local 521 and United Healthcare Workers West are aboard the "Citizenship Caravan" today. More photos on SEIU Local 521's Facebook page here.

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Read local news coverage of the caravan on the LA Times, CBS Los Angeles, BakersfieldNow Eyewitness News, The Press Democrat, KABC-TV and KTLA.

Add your voice and call on House leadership to give us a vote on citizenship: http://action.seiu.org/citizenship-vote . We'll be delivering your signatures to House Representatives after Congress returns from August recess.

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