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Florida man brings attention to immigration reform via bike ride

It is not a secret that many in the United States are eager for lawmakers to take up and resolve the issue of immigration reform. Once complete it will likely affect individuals and businesses alike. Because of this, many individuals and businesses are doing what they can to lobby lawmakers to move forward with laws regarding the topic. One individual who is hoping to persuade lawmakers in Washington D.C. to take action is a man from South Florida. 

The 41-year-old man who lives in Homestead, Florida, is going to ride his bicycle from his home to the nation’s capital to bring attention to immigration matters individuals like himself are facing. The undocumented immigrant has lived in the United States for 14 years and is married to a citizen. In addition to advocating for immigration reform he is also hoping that President Obama will sign an order to halt deportations.

The man is well positioned for his quest. In addition to being someone who would most likely benefit from immigration reform, he has also witnessed firsthand the aftermath of a deportation. His brother-in-law was deported a couple of years ago leaving behind a family, including and now 9-year-old daughter who misses her father terribly.

In addition to seeking publicity for his ride the man has a plan once he arrives in the nation’s capital. He would like to give the president a pen that he is carrying in his backpack. His hope is that the president will use it to sign a deportation halting order.

Whether the man’s 1,085-mile trip, which is expected to take approximately two-months, will have an impact on immigration matters remains to be seen. In the meantime however, undocumented individuals may find solutions to their immigration issues by working with an immigration lawyer.

Source: Miami Herald, “Homestead man biking to Washington in support of immigration reform,” Alfonso Chardy, Feb. 24, 2014

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