It starts today. In the wake of nation wide protests that took place this weekend, the Senate Judiciary Committee opens the immigration debate to decide the fate of 12 million illegal immigrants. Though many people are hopeful that Bush administration may reach a sound decision regarding the immigration policy, others still have their doubts. The protests over the weekend were led by more than 500,000 people who marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in one of the largest demonstrations for any cause in recent U.S. history. Marchers also took to the streets in Phoenix, Milwaukee, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio. Demonstrations continued Sunday, when nearly 3,000 people, many wrapped in Mexican flags, rallied at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus and an estimated 3,500 United Farm Workers members and their supporters protested in Los Angeles.
For today, Demonstrations are planned near the Capitol, including a prayer service with immigration advocates and clergy who plan to wear handcuffs to demonstrate the criminalization of immigration violations.