It’s been more than a year since Rubi Sanchez, an immigrant from Illinois, last saw her dad. She vividly remembers as armed officials surrounded her home and handcuffed her father, who was undocumented, in less than a minute. After he was detained, the family lost complete communication with him and struggled to make ends meet.
Sanchez is one of thousands of immigrants who are taking part in the October 5 National Day for Dignity and Respect, a day aimed at mobilizing supporters around the country to advocate and ask Congress for an immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. As of Thursday, events were planned in 163 cities and 41 states.