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[Congressional Record: October 2, 2003 (House)]
[Page H9134]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr02oc03-87]                         



 
                     IMMIGRANT WORKERS FREEDOM RIDE

  (Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California asked and was given permission to 
address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to 
welcome and salute the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride.
  Inspired by the 1961 freedom rides that sought to integrate bus 
terminals in the South, today's riders are visiting cities and towns 
across the country. They are raising awareness about the plight of 
immigrant workers and advocating for comprehensive change to our 
immigration system. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., these Americans 
refuse to believe, and I quote, that there are insufficient funds in 
the great vaults of opportunity in this great Nation.
  Let me share the story of one of those Americans. Salvador Guillen is 
the proud leader of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees 
International Union, Local 681. He is the father of three children and 
has worked as a housekeeper at Disneyland's Paradise Pier Hotel for 
over 15 years. Salvador was born in Zamora, Michoacan, and has lived in 
the United States for 18 years. He is now a proud citizen of the United 
States.
  In his own words, Salvador states: ``I want workers like my two 
sisters who have not been able to legalize and who are forced to work 
jobs where they are abused, overworked and underpaid to have the same 
opportunity.''
  Together we can implement sensible immigration policies that bring 
all immigrants one step closer to the American dream.

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