By Sabri Ben-Achour
Even as Congress was voting on healthcare, thousands of people descended on the National Mall clamoring for Congress and the President to take up Immigration Reform.
They came from all over the country: New York, North Carolina, Chicago, DC. Yuvini, he didn't want to give his last name, came from Alexandria Virginia because, he says, he made a deal with the President. He gave his vote, in return for immigration reform.
"We all vote for him because he said he going to do some change but we haven't seen any change. We want to remind him what he promised," he says.
Thousands of people came to the mall with different versions of the same theme: Healthcare is over, now make immigration reform the next priority.
Jassimer Diaz, from Harrisonburg Virginia, wants legislation passed to let undocumented children become naturalized if they go to school here. He thinks specifically of an undocumented friend who managed to go to college.
"And now she finds herself with a bachelor's degree in social work, and not being able to exercise her profession due to a lack of as social security number," he says.
Some want changes to how work visas are given out, others focused on reuniting families. President Obama, while not present, indicated the overall message was being heard. In a video taped message, Mr. Obama reassured the crowd, he remains committed to immigration reform.