SALEM, Ore. — Immigration reform activists are holding rallies across the U.S. on Wednesday.
It’s an annual May Day event, but this year’s marches come as new immigration legislation is being discussed or becoming law at both the federal and state level.
A bipartisan immigration bill is currently being discussed in Congress, which would allow many people living in the U.S. illegally to start the path to citizenship.
In Oregon, the governor signed a law last month that would allow undocumented immigrants to get in-state college tuition rates. Just this week, the state legislature passed a bill that would create a short-term driver’s license for undocumented residents.
Local groups are also meeting for May Day. Local groups advocating for immigration reform said in a press release that they will meet at Alba park from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. A march will start at 4:00 followed by a rally at 5:00 in Vogel Plaza with local speakers.