ORLANDO, FL –More than a dozen immigration reform advocates posted bond Wednesday morning after blocking an intersection in downtown Orlando. They were part of a nationwide effort to bring attention to lawmakers to push for immigration reform this year.
About 200 advocates gathered in downtown Orlando Tuesday. The group wanted to accomplish a few things: get the media's attention, and tell the house speaker to stop blocking immigration reform and "clear the path for citizenship."
Two dozen supporters gathered outside the Orange County Jail and chanted various slogans in Spanish. They waited for the "Orlando 15," as they're being called, to bond out of jail.
"They're human beings and they are our neighbors, they are our brothers, and our sisters and they deserve a place in this country like we do," said an immigrant advocate Marcos Vilar as the crowd cheered.
Hundreds of people marched along Central Boulevard in downtown Orlando Tuesday afternoon, 15 people were arrested for blocking an intersection. Wednesday morning they bonded out of jail, they received a medal for solidarity in their efforts for immigration reform.
"Right now this is about Speaker John Boehner blocking the pathway to citizenship," said President of Unite Here Local 737 Jeremy Cruz-Haicken who was part of the 15 people arrested. "The senate passed the bill. Speaker Boehner just needs to let the house vote and get this thing moving."
Members of the Orlando 15 are all American citizens. They're fighting for those who are not.
"The laws the way they are, they're unjust and people came here, they're here and they're part of the community now," said Haicken.
That was the case for Rosario Castillo of Peru.
"It's impossible to get a VISA. Only people with money can get one," said Rosario Castillo also one of the ones arrested Tuesday.
"This was to show that we are united; we can mobilize this immigration reform so I'll do it again if i have to," said another protester who was detained Gloria Lamb.
A bi-partisan immigration bill is being worked on right now but it's up to the house speaker to call a vote this year on immigration reform.