Utah immigrants emboldened by potential reform from Congress will camp nightly on the plaza of the Salt Lake City federal building from now until the Senate vote urging Sen. Orrin Hatch to endorse the Gang of Eight bill to reunite families divided by deportation.
"We've taken the first steps, but let's finish it," Christian Soto, an undocumented mechanical engineering student at the University of Utah said on the plaza Wednesday. "So the people who have been living here all their lives can finally feel like part of the community."
Salt Lake Dream Team members delivered to Hatch staffers 600 more signed form letters calling for humane immigration reform. Collected mostly at Wasatch Front Catholic and Mormon churches, the letters ask Hatch to ensure family reunification, protect the DREAM Act and to promote "an inclusive, straightforward, accessible pathway to citizenship." Dreamers dropped off 200 such letters last week while 500 more have been gathered in Utah County by the Utah Valley Dream Team.