With immigration reform taking center stage in political circles recently, those hoping for better rights for immigrants have amped up their efforts. There have been many marches and demonstrations in an effort to make their voices heard and to increase the public’s awareness of the problem.

One such march happened recently in Los Angeles. Hundreds of people joined the march aimed at encouraging members of Congress and President Obama to work on immigration reform. Their hope is that the government will come up with a solution to the immigration problem and enable those living illegally in the United States to work toward citizenship.

The march participants are from all walks of life, some in the country legally, some illegally. One man that marched with his family has been living in the country illegally for 25 years, over half his life. He came here at the age of 24 and had two children, who are U.S. citizens. His children and wife also marched with him and hope their efforts will contribute to making immigration reform a priority. He would like to be able to visit the parents he hasn’t seen since he left, but leaving the country without papers is risky. There is no guarantee he would be able to come back to the place he calls his second home. He lives in fear of being discovered and worries about driving without a license.

These people are doing their best to help keep the ball rolling with immigration reform. If you are currently living in the United States without papers and are interested in becoming a citizen, you may benefit from speaking to an immigration attorney who can advise you on the best way to proceed.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Hundreds march downtown in support of immigration reform,” Cindy Chang, March 30, 2013